Dodge is recalling Charger and Challenger Hellcats due to faulty engine oil cooler lines which may result in a rapid, catastrophic loss of fluids.Â The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration filed a recall request earlier this month, saying 1,207 vehicles assembled between FebruaryÂ and May of 2017 may be affected.
According to the recall information, the issue stems fromÂ rubber used in the oil cooler line. Chrysler’s testing revealed that the rubber doesn’t meet the company’s usual criteria. Substandard materials can allow the hose to separateÂ from a crimped aluminum portion of the line, letting oil gush out as if someone unscrewed a drain plug.
The NHTSA report suggests Hellcat owners might experience “impaired visibility due to oil spray on the windshield, engine seizure and/or a potential risk of fire due to engine oil contacting a hot surface. The rapid loss of engine oil and the resulting impaired visibility can cause vehicle crash without prior warning.”
Despite the agency’s dire words and the potential nightmare scenario associated with the defect, the official recall doesn’t actually begin until September 22nd. Obviously, Fiat Chrysler will replace the oil lines free of charge when that happens.Â CarsÂ produced outside the aforementioned timeframe are unaffected. The automaker also specified that no other vehicles within its fleet used these particularÂ hose materials.
Additional details are available in the NHTSA report and owners can call the company’s customer service hotline at 1-800-853-1403 with any questions, using the reference code T48. It also might be a good idea to garage the Hellcat early this summer.
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