Chrysler recalls police Chargers due to overheating

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Posted: Feb 13, 2012 10:53 AM
Chrysler recalls police Chargers due to overheating

DETROIT (Reuters) - Chrysler Group LLC, the smallest U.S. automaker, recalled nearly 10,000 Dodge Charger police vehicles built last year due to overheating issues that may lead to headlamp and brake failure.

The recall affects 9,688 Chargers for the 2011 and 2012 model years. These problems could lead to a loss of visibility or braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posting.

In some police cars, the low beam headlights may fail because of an overheated bulb harness connector. In other vehicles, the anti-lock brake and electronic stability system may stop working due to an overheated power distribution center.

Chrysler will relocate the ABS/ESC fuse and replace the headlamp jumper harness. Chrysler said it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires due to either condition.

The issues occur when police cars are exposed to severe conditions such as long periods of driving at a high speed, evasive driving during training exercises and extended idling, Chrysler said in a statement.

The headlamp problem was spotted in late August and led to changes at Brampton Assembly Plant, where Chrysler builds the Charger. In December, a state police car in Michigan showed repeated loss of ABS/ESC system power.

Chrysler is majority-owned by Italy's Fiat SpA.

(Reporting By Deepa Seetharaman, editing by Matthew Lewis)