Whether it's a Dodge or an SRT, there's little question that a Viper is a whole lot of car to control. With 10 cylinders driving the rear wheels and a limited willingness to suffer fools, the occasional crash is bound to happen. But what if those crashes were the fault of the car itself, and not the driver?

That's the issue which Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been investigating. The issue revolves around the rear suspension knuckle in the previous-generation 2003-2010 Dodge Viper (including roadsters, coupes, Competition Coupes and ACR-X track models), which was found in eight cases to have cracked in the event of an accident.

NHTSA probed the issue over the course of eight months, but according to The Detroit News, the government safety agency has determined that the suspension component failed in the course of these crashes, not before. That leaves nearly 10,000 Vipers – not to mention their manufacturer – in the clear and on the road.


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      Jack
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another evidence that this is a piece of Detroit garbage. Turning corners is the trait of a good sports car. Going in straight lines is the mark of donkeys. A great motorized sofa for those who don't know any better.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jack
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        Bo Mayid
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jack
        And yet ironically it was holding the nurburgring lap record before the P1 came out
        Kyle
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jack
        Does this rambling have a point? If so, it's lost in your idiocy.
          Jack
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Kyle
          Why are you so upset... did I insult you, personally? Did your parents teach you any manners? What's wrong with you? You know what, I'm better than you, god bless you and I forgive you.
      Justan American
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would love to see the Viper engine in a Prowler. That would be a bad bad car.
      C Mac
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ya know if you buy a hot rod you had better know how to drive. Just like those two idiots that died in that Porche. They thought they were pros although a race car does not belong on the streets. A Viper ius a nice street car although some just don't know how to handle power...
        RetrogradE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @C Mac
        You are a dick, C Mac. Pure and simple. How do you know what "they" thought they were? How do you know what "those two" guys were thinking? From your grammar and spelling (errors), you're a 12 year old boy who still sleeps between his parents at night. . .
        • 1 Year Ago
        @C Mac
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      yankie64gary
      • 1 Year Ago
      you are right c mac some just don't understand how to handle raw horse power ??? its not like driving a vega retrograde
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      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      10,000 too go*da**ed many, if you want my opinion (which is why this comment board is here).
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RetrogradE
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      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      Viper accidents are often tail in first, as they're usually caused by oversteer, so it stands to reason that the rear wheels are going to take the brunt of the impact in many cases, which makes broken rear knuckles seem likely to me.
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