Chrysler is recalling certain 2013 model-year Dodge Durango crossover SUVs that may have incorrect seating capacity information labels.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected at 734. The 2013 Dodge Durangos involved in the recall were built from April 27, 2012 through September 14, 2012.
The NHTSA bulletin says that the labels might overstate the seating capacity. This is a failure to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”
The danger to drivers and passengers is that a vehicle filled beyond its capacity limitations could increase injury to occupants during a crash.
Documentation from Chrysler (PDF) to the NHTSA states: “The seating capacity information on the tire placard label may incorrectly state the total seating capacity as 7 and rear seating capacity as 5 on certain vehicles with 2nd row captain chairs, when it should have stated 6 and 4, respectively.”
The issue was discovered in mid-September 2012 during a weight engineering virtual audit at Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant.
What Chrysler will do
Chrysler will notify owners of affected vehicles and provide replacement labels. The owners have the option to take their 2013 Dodge Durango to the dealer to have the label installed at no charge.
Owner notification is expected to begin during February 2013. In the meantime, owners of 2013 Dodge Durango crossover SUVs with any questions or concerns may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is M36.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V560000.
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