With the era of Ford's dominant Crown Victoria finally drawing to a close, automakers are working harder than ever to court law enforcement with more modern police cruisers. Key among their tactics? Facilitate easier fleet ordering by making common police equipment upgrades available from the car companies themselves instead of forcing precincts to seek out aftermarket specialists. Instead of sending their new cruisers off to third party vendors, those in charge of ordering new police cars can get them fitted with items like heavy-duty secondary batteries, special lighting, trunk coolers, laptop docking consoles and so on – all from the factory.

An unintended consequence of this shift in strategy is that the police cruisers are now more complex than ever, particularly in the area of wiring. Just ask Chrysler, which is now facing the recall of nearly 10,000 Dodge Charger police cruisers from 2011 and 2012 model years.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chrysler will recall 9,688 cop specials because some vehicles could incur an overheated lighting harness connector that could cause the cruiser's low beams to fail. In addition, some Chargers may also suffer from an overheated power distribution center that could result in a loss of the vehicle's anti-lock braking and stability control systems. Just as they would with a car sold to the general public, Chrysler will notify owners covered in the recall and inspect and replace the affected parts free of charge.

Click through to the jump to read over NHTSA's official recall notice... and be safe out there.
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12V042000
Vehicle Make / Model:
Model Year(s):

DODGE / CHARGER

2011-2012
Manufacturer: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC

Mfr's Report Date: FEB 06, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V042000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 9,688

Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 and 2012 DODGE CHARGER POLICE VEHICLES. THE LOW BEAM HEADLAMPS OF SOME VEHICLES COULD FAIL DUE TO AN OVERHEATED BULB HARNESS CONNECTOR. OTHER VEHICLES MAY LOSE ABS/ESC SYSTEM FUNCTION DUE TO AN OVERHEATED POWER DISTRIBUTION CENTER.

Consequence:
THIS COULD LEAD TO LOSS OF VISIBILITY AND/OR BRAKING ABILITY, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE HEADLAMP JUMPER HARNESSES AND RELOCATE THE ABS/ESC SYSTEM FUSE WITHIN THE POWER DISTRIBUTION CENTER, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

Notes:
CHRYSLER'S RECALL NUMBER IS M01. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      Paul P.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The upfitted equipment for a police cruiser takes a lot of power to run and it's difficult to sort it out, because not everyone runs the exact same equipment. I can easily see how that would result in a problem for them.
      lucas
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree with John Blaze. Dodge does need to get it together. They cannot even get the flag facing the proper direction. "In application, then, flags are displayed on moving vehicles with the blue-star field always displayed towards the front of the vehicle. In this way, the flag appears to be blowing in the wind as the vehicle travels forward (flags are always attached to their flag poles on the blue field side). If the flag were not reversed on the right hand side of the vehicle, the vehicle might appear to be moving backwards (or "retreating")."
        3waygeek
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lucas
        They're just copying the Pentagon -- the flag patches on military uniforms have been "reversed" for quite some time now. See http://www.usflag.org/flagpatch.html.
      adam512
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just stick with the crown vic.. maybe update the suspension and engine! its like an american icon. When you think american taxi or police car everyone just gets an image of a yellow or black and white crown vic in their heads!
        Mike D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @adam512
        Yeah, stick with the car that isn't being manufactured anymore!
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @adam512
        Stops making financial sense to keep offering a car solely for police use if it's not available to the public anymore. Look at that Carbon motors car and how tough it's been for that to get moving when you're making a specific product for one use. The platform, engine, most components are no longer used in any other product. Only reason the Caprice PPV exists is because it actually exists as a civilian car in the other markets so they didn't have to develop a car from scratch for no other use.
      AE86
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish all their cars would explode. I've only met one nice cop my whole life... too bad theres so much bad ones that mess up what good cops there is
        inthelv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AE86
        Honestly, I have never had a bad experience with a cop, even when I was totally in the wrong, Btw, I am Black and have heard many, many stories from minority friends about being made to lie face down in dirt while cops searched cars on routine traffic stops and other nasty stuff. I, however, have been very lucky in the police officers I have dealt with.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Burabus
      • 2 Years Ago
      imported from detroit
      REMUSRM
      • 2 Years Ago
      tried and true crown vic is a tank... why change it... i do not get it...
        Dean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @REMUSRM
        The Crown Victoria was discontinued sometime last year. Eventually, all of the Crown Victorias in service will meet the end of their service lives. Keeping them on the road may not be economically feasible.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm honestly surprised they've sold 10,000 of them. I deal with police in my job and they don't like the Charger because it doesn't have enough room for a duty belt. The Crown Vic is so old even their new ones are out of date. The Impala is FWD and LOATHED by all, same with the Taurus just not as bad. They are all, and I mean all, waiting patiently for the Caprice production to get ramped up. You will see nothing on the road but Caprices in a few years, which I am all for because that's a lot of 6.0L LS engines ending up in the salvage pool. The 3.6L V6 isn't nearly as enticing to them, but will make a good salvage motor as well once they start cracking up these cars.
        frost54661
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        So how can the police "loathe" the Taurus when production just started this month?
        Thunder938
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        I am a Police Officer and we have a few Fords left over and a few Chargers including a 2012. The chargers have way more room inside than the Fords( ft seat that is the back is tight). The 09 Charger is hard to see out back, but the 2012 is much better. Most Depts I work with are gettting Chargers fro replace the Ford CVPI that are not made any more. I am not a Dadge guy, but the 2012 Charger is a nice police car so far.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is not the first time Dodge has issues with police cars, remember the Dodge Intrepid police cars? They had issues with front brakes catching fire that could potentially catch the car on fire. I'm not sure around the country but the Charger seems to be more popular than the Taurus and Caprice options. At least Chrysler is honest and not trying to make a big fuss.
        frost54661
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cruising
        Taurus and Explorer police units just started production, so yes I would say the Charger is more popular since OK to buy hasn't been obtained on the Taurus and Explorer units.
      sonic_the_dreadnaught
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if these cars are fitted with the "Interceptor" upgrade package like the Crown Vic's were? Then again I guess it varies since they use different aftermarket guys.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sonic_the_dreadnaught
        Yes, these are police specific cars that have some different stuff from the civilian versions. Just obviously not called "interceptor" because that was Fords specific model and not a catch all for any police vehicle.
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