- NHTSA has opened an investigation into an estimated 192,076 Chrysler vehicles following consumer complaints about engine stall.
- Federal safety regulators say they have received 54 complaints alleging incidents of engine stall in the 2006 Chrysler 300C, Dodge Charger and Magnum vehicles.
- The Chrysler vehicles have not been recalled, but such an investigation can sometimes lead to a recall.
WASHINGTON — The National Highway Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 192,076 Chrysler vehicles following consumer complaints about engine stall.
"Fuel vapor recovery system failure following refueling may result in engine stall with no warning and delayed restart in vehicles equipped with 5.7-liter and 6.1-liter eight-cylinder Hemi engines," said NHTSA in its problem description.
NHTSA said 48 complaints alleged multiple stall incidents and all 54 complaints reported that the vehicle stalled while driving after refueling at a gas station. Seven complaints reported that either the vehicle could not be immediately restarted or was difficult to restart.
"The complaints show an apparent increasing trend, with over 50 percent received within the past eight months," said NHTSA in a statement posted on its Web site.
A preliminary evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency and potential safety consequences associated with the alleged defect.
"Chrysler Group is investigating this matter while working closely with NHTSA," said Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne in response to a query from Edmunds asking about the investigation.
Edmunds says: There is no call for action for owners of the aforementioned Chrysler vehicles at this point.