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2011-2012 Dodge Charger Recalled For Potential Headlight Failure, 49,400 Vehicles Affected

Chrysler has issued a recall for 2011 and 2012 models of the Dodge Charger. According to Detroit News, some of those vehicles may suffer from a wiring flaw that could disable the low-beam headlights, increasing the likelihood of an accident.

In a press release, Chrysler says that its investigation of the problem began in response to reports similar to those resulting in a recall of 2011 and 2012 Dodge Charger and 300 models used by police. In that case, Chrysler found that a dodgy fuse could overheat, interfering with the vehicles' anti-lock braking and electronic stability control systems.

Chrysler hasn't gone into great detail about the source of the problem behind the current recall, though it appears to be electrical in nature and leads to overheating. Instead of affecting brakes and stability, though, Canadian authorities appear to have identified several instances in which overheating has impacted the Charger's low-beam headlights. Chrysler says it knows of no accidents, injuries, or deaths linked to the problem.

All told, the recall affects about 49,400 vehicles -- 43,450 in the U.S., 2,850 in Canada, 375 in Mexico and 2,700 registered in other countries. The problem appears limited to vehicles equipped with halogen headlamps.

Chrysler says that it will inform owners of the recall and ask them to take their vehicles to a nearby Chrysler dealer. Dealers will inspect the headlamp jumper harnesses, bulbs, and assemblies, and replace them, if necessary, free of charge. 

If you own one of the affected vehicles and have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Chrysler directly at 800-853-1403.


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