Dodge has announced two recalls this month, including a front wheel/tire issue affecting a small number of newer Challengers and Chargers, as well as a recall of Ram 1500 trucks due to a fire risk.
Dodge has announced that the company is recalling 173 Challengers and Chargers after discovering that the vehicles were sold with the wrong front wheels and tires. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the incorrect wheels and tires present a risk of rubbing up against the suspension steering knuckle. The rubbing becomes particularly problematic when paired with a specific brake package available to these types of vehicles. "This wheel and brake package combination should not have been an available option," according to the NHTSA report. This rubbing could "result in tire damage and a sudden loss of tire air pressure."
All of the affected cars (111 Chargers and 62 Challengers) are 2019 models that were assembled at a plant in Brampton, Ontario between May 28 and Sept. 25 of this year. No incidents have been reported at the time of this writing. Dodge will replace the front and rear rims (to ensure a visual match), replace the front tires, inspect the alignment, and adjust if it is needed, free of charge. Owners of the affected vehicles will begin to receive notices in mid-December with instructions for how to obtain these services.
Dodge is also issuing a recall on certain Ram 1500 pickup trucks. An Oregon man was commuting to work when he had issues with the acceleration in his Ram 1500. He had taken the truck in for related acceleration issues the previous week and had also taken the truck to a Dodge dealership five days prior to the incident. Employees at the dealership told him they could find nothing wrong with the vehicle.
The man pulled his truck off the road and smoke began billowing from the hood. Within seconds, flames began appearing from the hood. He called emergency services, who were able to extinguish the fire. The man escaped without injury.
Following this incident, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Dodge) announced a recall of 107,898 Ram EcoDiesel pickup trucks in the U.S. from 2014 through 2019 model years. According to the company, an investigation found microscopic cracks in some exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) coolers, through which the coolant can escape and cause a fire.
According to the company, there have been a "small number" of fires reported, along with four minor injuries to people who tried to extinguish engine-compartment fires themselves, but no reported driving accidents.
The company will notify affected Ram owners and requests that owners of the Ram EcoDiesels monitor coolant levels and visit their dealership if they find that the levels are "consistently low."