Chrysler Recalls 303 2012 Chrysler, Dodge Cars for Faulty TPMS
Chrysler announced a voluntary recall of 2012 SRT8 sedans because of a problem in the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) that could lead to potential tire failure and a car accident. The recall involves 303 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger SRT8 models produced between May 2, 2011 and November 17, 2011, according to Kurt Ernst writing in MotorAuthority. As Jennifer Geiger of Cars.com writes in the Chicago Tribune, you can find a vehicle’s build date on a label in the doorjamb on the driver’s side.
On vehicles equipped with 245/45Z-R30 performance all-season-radial tires, the correct default low tire pressure was not programmed into the vehicle’s Central Body Controller (CBC). As a result, the low tire pressure warning light won’t trigger until the tire pressure hits 22 psi, which is below the mandated 25 percent of inflation value threshold.
While no accidents or injuries have been reported relating to this condition, underinflated tires can result in tire overheating and potential tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash. Underinflated tires will also decrease fuel economy and impede handling.
Dealers will reprogram the cars’ central body controller for free. Owners of the cars involved will be contacted next month. For more information, you can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.
On Monday, on a program called ConsumerVue, automotive expert Casey Jordan gave KVUE.com reporter Melissa Gale some tips for consumers seeking information about the whole car recall process. In the video, he says if you are having a problem with your car that could affect the car’s safety (such as brakes or tires, for example), it is important to take the car to a mechanic or car dealership and also to tell the government about the problem.
Jordan said SaferCar.gov relies on consumers reporting safety defects. The government opens an investigation after receiving a certain number of consumer complaints on any particular car model, and then works with car makers to get the defects fixed. Jordan notes that the law does not require manufacturers to fix defects in cars more than 10 years old.
Jordan said you can look up any car model on SaferCar.gov to see if it has ever had a safety recall. If you are buying a car that was the subject of a recall, you can ask the dealership or other seller to show you the receipt for the repair of that vehicle. That way you can know the car’s defect was repaired.
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