Recall: 2013 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Ram 1500
Chrysler Group is recalling three very different vehicles for a common problem with their automatic transmissions. Output shafts on these models may fracture "in rare circumstances," according to the Auburn Hills-based automaker. Certain 2013 Chrysler 300 sedans, Dodge Charger sedans, and Ram 1500 pickups have been recalled. But the announcement only applies to those models that fit a specific set of features, including 4x4 or all-wheel drive, an eight-speed transmission, and a V-6 engine. The transmission problem is a result of a two-stage forging method used on components early in the production cycle. Chrysler later replaced the method with a single-stage forging method. An estimated 5,663 cars and trucks are affected by the recall, including 4,194 in the U.S. Other models have been recalled in Canada and regions outside North America. No injuries or accidents have been reported, Chrysler said. No word on when the recall will begin, but Chrysler said it will inspect and repair the transmissions at no cost to customers. Consumers will eventually be notified when to go to dealers to get the fix. In the meantime, consumers can contact Chrysler at (800) 853-1403 for more information. In a separate recall, the automaker announced a campaign for a small number of 2013 Dodge Dart vehicles equipped with the Mopar '13 trim package. The recall only affects 374 vehicles. In these cars, front seat airbags may not have been installed properly, and as a result, may fail to deploy during a crash. The repair is also free, and owners can also call Chrysler's number above for more information. Source: Chrysler
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