A bad labeling job is at the root of Dodge recalling 734 units of the its 2013 Durango. The SUVs in question, built from April 27 to September 14 of this year, could have been affixed with labels that overstate the seating capacity. That contravenes federal regulations, and could lead to an accident due to owners putting too many people in the vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a the recall should begin in February, 2013. Dodge will "provide replacement labels" to owners who can apply them on their own or have their dealers apply the correct labels free of charge. There's more information in the NHTSA bulletin below.
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Report Date: December 16, 2012 at 05:14 AM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V560000

Vehicle Model Year(s) Make / Model: 2013 DODGE / DURANGO
Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC
Report Receipt Date: DEC 04, 2012
Component: SEATS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 734

Summary:
Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Durango vehicles manufactured April 27, 2012, through September 14, 2012. The vehicles may have been built with incorrect seating capacity information labels. The label might overstate the seating capacity. Therefore, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS number 110 "Tire Selection and Rims."

Consequence:
The vehicle may be filled over capacity which could increase injury during a vehicle crash.

Remedy:
Chrysler will notify owners, and provide replacement labels free of charge. At the owner's option, they may take their vehicle to a Chrysler dealer for installation of the label. The service will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in February 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753.

Notes:
Chrysler's recall campaign number is M36. Customers may 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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      bullitt2605
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let’s see we have seatbelts for five but the label clearly states we can seat 7 so we are good to go! Grandma, Grandpa lay down in back and grab hold of something and we are off!
      DKano
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is retarded! So if they put a sticker on my 2 door g35 coupe saying that I could fit 7 people, then I'd actually try to fit 7 people in there? I guess common sense went out the window here a long time ago!
      Soccer Mom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seating capacity label - a new life-saving passive safety feature. I was about to put 70 people on my Durango to save on hiring 2 buses, but then discovered that it was a some dirt on a seating capacity label that made "7" look like "70". What a shame
      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's one I'd rush out to get fixed....
      Trace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Because people ALWAYS do what the label says.
      lostboyz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Slow news day. I'm assuming they threw 7 seat stickers onto the 5 seat versions. It's pretty obvious you shouldn't carry unsecured people in your trunk.
        Cavey
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lostboyz
        When they're dead, they're just hookers. Not people.
        acrcpe45
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lostboyz
        Yes, on the six seat version though, not five. It was a computer glitch.
      RWD
      • 2 Years Ago
      What? You mean my new Durango doesn't seat 17?
      Soccer Mom
      • 2 Years Ago
      What do you mean like there is no room? It says 35 on the sticker so we can take two more after you. Get in and don't forget to buckle up.
        S.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Soccer Mom
        It says 360 horsepower...so we should have no trouble towing our 360 horses!
      mikeeeemikek
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yea right. Like that is going to make a big diff.
        ChrisH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikeeeemikek
        it is all the difference an ambulance chaser ever needs.
          Cavey
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ChrisH
          It's sad because it is true. Coffee cups need to say "caution hot" and door jams need to say "5" not "6". A recall that probably cost a few thousand just saved them a few million.
      percheron1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh the Trial Lawyers Association is devastated that this was found BEFORE they could file a lawsuit when one of their clients packed the car with 20 kids...LOL
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 2 Years Ago
      With all of the big problems out there...we need to focus on stickers. Wow.
      Klep
      • 2 Years Ago
      The best part is how Chrysler generously offers to "have their dealers apply the correct labels free of charge." You know, 'tis the season.
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