The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall concerning 2011-2012 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger models. A fuse controlling the power distribution unit for the ABS and ESC system can overheat, causing both features to fail.

Charger Pursuit vehicles were recalled
a couple of months ago over the same issue and it was thought that severe usage was the culprit. However, a number of civilian reports convinced Chrysler to recall all of the vehicles in question.

Chrysler will begin notifying the 119,072 owners this month. Affected vehicles can be taken to the dealer to have the fuse in question relocated, free of charge. Scroll down for the official NHTSA bulletin.
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Report Date: May 5, 2012 at 02:34 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V197000

Vehicle Model Year(s), Make / Model: 2011-2012 CHRYSLER 300, 2011-2012 DODGE CHARGER
Manufacturer: CHRYSLER GROUP LLC
Mfr's Report Date: MAY 01, 2012

Component: SERVICE BRAKES, AIR:ANTILOCK:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 119,072

Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 AND 2012 300 AND DODGE CHARGER VEHICLES. THESE VEHICLES MAY LOSE ABS/ESC SYSTEM FUNCTION DUE TO AN OVERHEATED POWER DISTRIBUTION CENTER.

Consequence:
THIS COULD LEAD TO LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

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

Notes:
CHRYSLER'S RECALL NUMBER IS M10. 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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      Lazgun
      • 2 Years Ago
      It seems like Autoblog is a 2 hours later version of jalopnik with less accurate information.
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like many others have mentioned, I say kudos to Chrysler for taking this on volentarily. No matter how small an issue when you're looking at that many vehicles it's going to be expensive, and it's nice to see Chrysler willing to protect consumers and their confidence in the brand rather than their bottom line. Good stuff!
      Beloved
      • 2 Years Ago
      made in America
        Twittavelli
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Beloved
        You're a phallus, and a small one at that.
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Beloved
        Yes, because foreign cars are simply never recalled. /s
        David Donovan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Beloved
        Wrong! They're imported from Detroit!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David Donovan
          [blocked]
          Blackstar
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David Donovan
          More like Imported from Det....buuuzzzzz*%&$^#... *poof* --->>>ABS and ESC system failure<<<---
        billfrombuckhead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Beloved
        Just like the B29 bombers that obliterated Japan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @billfrombuckhead
          [blocked]
          Juffinstuff
          • 2 Years Ago
          @billfrombuckhead
          I love the racism prevalent in the new AB comment system! This entire new system reminds me why I went from being a 3-5 times a day visitor and frequent commenter since 2005 to being somebody who pretty much never comes here. Not that AOL gives a sh*t.
        UN4GTBL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Beloved
        Made in Canada...
      Cory Haggard
      • 2 Years Ago
      What Autoblog failed to mention is that there have been no accounts/claims of this even happening to anyone yet, so Dodge is doing the right thing by notifying customers BEFORE anything happens.
      T
      • 2 Years Ago
      Or how about this? http://www.insideline.com/toyota/camry/2009/toyota-recalls-681500-vehicles-including-2009-camry.html Over half a million Hondas recalled, and near three quarter million Toyota recalled and we never hear a thing about it.
        MechE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @T
        Wow T, you're right! Autoblog has NEVER posted a single recall about Toyota or Honda. I never even knew Toyota had a single recall in the last three years. They've been hiding this news since 2009! Autoblog must be biased and only post stories to sway people to buy Toyotas and Hondas and trash the image of Dodge. (Insert /s after each sentence if you didn't already see where I was going.)
          T
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MechE
          The recalls are current. If you bothered to read dimwit, they are on older models, which sometimes get recalled a few years later.
          T
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MechE
          I'm not referring to simply to Autoblog, but to the press/media as a whole. Autoblog actually does a pretty good job of covering all recalls, but the media seems to jump on the domestic recalls, as I am seeing this one all over the place yesterday and today. I listen to and read a lot of media, and I had to dig for the Honda/Toyota recalls. I simply heard nothing about those recalls despite my looking at multiple news sources, daily. I don't think it is a stretch to notice domestic recalls get MUCH more media coverage than that of the imports, that is unless it is a REALLY big one like unintended acceleration in Toyotas that resulted in multiple deaths.
          MechE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MechE
          I beg to differ. Recalls make the news no matter what brand, especially if they are Toyota. Its annoying when people whine about Japanese manufacturers getting a free pass and + biased opinions. Most reviews praised Japanese brands years ago because they were, in fact, higher quality cars. Not the case anymore as domestic and Korean brands have made a remarkable improvement and the media/car magazines relay this very clearly. If anything, there might even be some bias against the Japanese brands, not that it matters, if you have a less superior product you're going to get kicked a little harder to distinguish the better car more. 'Thinking domestic cars get unfair treatment is sooooooo yesterday.'
          404 not found
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MechE
          T, you don't seem very bright.
          digitalwatch
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MechE
          I learn about all my Mini Cooper recalls on Autoblog.
        Not THAT Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @T
        Is T for Tool-bag or is it for Troll?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Not THAT Matt
          [blocked]
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @T
        You're a complee idiot.
      Twittavelli
      • 2 Years Ago
      Part of being a reliable company is owning up to your faults and correcting them before it gets out of hand. Go Chrysler. If they fix this issue the right way they will in fact gain consumer confidence and brand loyalty. Lets just hope it doesnt become a trend.
      T
      • 2 Years Ago
      How come we never heard anything about this? http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2012/03/honda-recalls-550000-pilots-cr-vs-for-loss-of-lights/1
      Abarthlyness
      • 2 Years Ago
      The recall was volentary. Not issued by NHTSA. No incedents or accidents have been reported. It is simply known as a possible issue. It "can" happen. I say, good on Chrysler.
      Burabus
      • 2 Years Ago
      Problems on a Dodge? Color me shocked.
        Chip
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Burabus
        Speaking of colors, that's a really nice one on that Charger in the picture...too bad you can't seem to find one for under $30k unless it's stripped
          Chip
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chip
          I can afford yo' mama, though.
          Juffinstuff
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chip
          Being a big fan of the 300 and Charger, I for one wouldn't pay $8-10,000 to get an engine that's larger and produces less power than both of my competition (5.7 hemi). At least the 3.6 is competitive, thank god for that.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        T
        • 2 Years Ago
        OSM Apparently you are the freaking idiot, you just don't know how to read, or you infantile attention span is so short that you didn't read the rest of my comments. Read below as quoted from me earlier today: "I'm not referring to simply to Autoblog, but to the press/media as a whole. Autoblog actually does a pretty good job of covering all recalls, but the media seems to jump on the domestic recalls, as I am seeing this one all over the place yesterday and today. I listen to and read a lot of media, and I had to dig for the Honda/Toyota recalls. I simply heard nothing about those recalls despite my looking at multiple news sources, daily. I don't think it is a stretch to notice domestic recalls get MUCH more media coverage than that of the imports, that is unless it is a REALLY big one like unintended acceleration in Toyotas that resulted in multiple deaths."
      ge
      • 1 Year Ago
      our 2011 is starting to have tranny problems
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This shows the change in Crysler since they never recalled cars in the past no matter what was wrong with them .
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