What do the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Ram 1500 all have in common? Yes, they're all Chrysler products, and two of them are based on the same platform. And we're sure you could find more similarities between them all, but the common trait we're looking at here is that, while they all come standard in rear-drive form, they're also available with all-wheel drive. And it's the transmission in those models that's the subject of the latest recall notice issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The output shaft on the eight-speed automatic transmission supplied by ZF to Chrysler for the AWD versions of the 300, Charger and Ram 1500 is apparently prone to fracture. That in the end could leave the vehicle without power and could, according to the NHTSA investigation, increase the chance of a crash. The vehicle could also roll away if even if left in Park without the handbrake applied.

That's why Chrysler is calling in 4,194 examples of those three models from the 2013 model year. Dealers will be responsible for inspecting the transmissions and, where necessary, replace the entire unit. See the full recall notice below for all the details.
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RECALL Subject : Transmission Output Shaft may Fracture
Report Receipt Date: DEC 06, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V610000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,194
Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC

SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2013 Chrysler 300 AWD, Dodge Charger AWD, and Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 vehicles equipped with ZF all wheel drive ("AWD") 8HP45 transmissions. In the affected vehicles, the transmission output shaft may fracture.

CONSEQUENCE:
The transmission output shaft fracture could result in a loss of power, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite the transmission being placed in 'Park'.

REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the transmissions, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is to begin in January 2014. Customers may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's recall number is N65.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      4gasem
      • 1 Year Ago
      My A8 in my Ram was made in Germany. Not all are/were though. I'll wait to see if mine is one of the ones needing repaired.
      rjwatsonmotors
      • 11 Months Ago
      Speaking of transmissions, NO CVTs!!!!!!!! No only do they drive like crap, their reliability is terrible. Before you purchase a CVT equipped car get your head examined. If you somehow pass the exam and go on to buy the car, Buy The Extended Warranty! That's no bull!
      F1
      • 11 Months Ago
      also i do recall nissan getting busted for hiding recalls a few years back, and finally when "teflon-toyota" was exposed for the same thing....all of a sudden we see more recalls on imports. its a matter of perception.
      thedriveatfive
      • 1 Year Ago
      quick someone call Burgundy.
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a 2012 Chrysler 300 Limited with the eight speed and it has been flawless, in fact it has been the most impressive car I have ever owned. This problem is the reason that once Chrysler began producing their own version of the transmission here in the states it was completely re- engineered to withstand American driving standards. There have been no serious failures of this transmission in service, I believe, but I'd be more comfortable with a Chrysler engineered part over the German piece any day if I were doing off road or commercial driving. Chrysler now makes it's own 8 speeds, so rest assured in the product going forward. After over 40 years of owning nothing but Chrysler products, me and my family have become convinced of their reliability and quality. I can afford to drive anything, but I choose Chrysler and this recall only gives me further reason to know that my driving experience matters to Chrysler. Thanks Chrysler!
        sdfghjkl.iponhsovnosdb
        @Bill Burke
        You can't claim that it's "the most impressive car I have ever owned", while then noting that you've owned "nothing but Chrysler products" for 40 years. Oh, congrats, you have the best Chrysler-product ever. That's not really saying a lot, especially when considering that means you owned nothing but Chryslers during the late 80s, 90's, and 2000's.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sdfghjkl.iponhsovnosdb
          @Chris My neighbor has one and parks it in front of my house often. Still going strong, apparently. And this is in Wisconsin with a full slate of winter weather and salt, no less.
          Bill Burke
          • 11 Months Ago
          @sdfghjkl.iponhsovnosdb
          Although I have owned nothing but Chrysler products, my children who have occasionally strayed off the Chrysler reservation have owned numerous high end imports from BMW, Audi, Infinity and Lexus. Frankly, after driving them and evaluating their spotty reliability, including those of neighbors and friends, I still believe in the Chrysler product as competitive with them all. Yes I've owned some marginal Chrysler products, but in all truth, everyone has been rock solid dependable, if clearly not top shelf in content. I have conclude and will always believe that my satisfaction in sticking with Chrysler through thick and thin defines part of my life in which I take satisfaction in my dedication to Chrysler. I never stated that, yes even my crude K- cars (Reliant, Daytona, Le Baron) were the best cars available, but they all were totally trouble free and put a smile on my face. And I will put my 300 up against most high end imports with confidence that it's as good or better than anything near the price. What a car !
        dreadcthulhu01
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill Burke
        You sound like an advertisement. Chrysler has been at or near the bottom of every large scale reliability study I have seen for more than a decade. Of course, if all you have purchased for 40 years is Chrysler's, then you wouldn't realize how reliable other makes can be. I have always found it odd that there are families that only buy one make of car, passing their preferences down to their children, like it was a religion or something.
          Tweaker
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dreadcthulhu01
          Actually, they do rate above VW, so not quite at the bottom.
          Dart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dreadcthulhu01
          No different than Honda or Toyota "families". If a family buys a particular brand of car, and has few to no issue with that brand, it only makes sense that they would stick with that brand (whatever brand that is). You seem to think it's not possible for someone to have a good reliable history with Mopars. My family has owned many brands, but keeps coming back to Mopar because they have been reliable for us.
      Karfreek
      • 1 Year Ago
      My last three cars were Chrysler products and I knew the dealer service advisors by first name. We now have two Hondas and they have not been back for anything. They are a little boring when compared to the Chrysler products but the peace of mind is priceless.
        Daniel Russell
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Karfreek
        I have to agree with you foreign is boring but the reliability is still better. It pains me to admit that
          Chris
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Daniel Russell
          Yeah because Audis, VWs, and BMWs are so reliable, and don't get me started on Toyota, the king of recalls.
        Beardinals
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Karfreek
        Exactly, I no longer even drive my Jeep Commander out of town for fear that something else will go wrong and leave me stranded or cost me $1500.
          john96xlt
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Beardinals
          That's sad. This past summer, I took a cross country trip in a Ford Aerostar with over 200K on it. Nary an issue. Of course, it had issues when I got back, lol, but it did great on the trip.
          kingrat001
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Beardinals
          You sure you aren't talking about an Audi? A fifty mile trip in my friend's A4 was like setting sail for the New World. Risky, you might get shipwrecked and have to hope help was nearby. What a load of crap that car, and their Passat was.
      Chris Zeidler
      • 1 Year Ago
      Transmission problem in a Dodge/Chrysler? That's NEVER happened! lol If you like your transmission, you can keep your transmission, period! lmao
        4gasem
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris Zeidler
        They can't win! They buy the same transmissions used in Rolls, BMW, Jaguar and more and they still have issues... I DO have to say though, the A8 blows my 6L80E in my G8GT and GXP out of the water for overall feel and correct gear changes. Meaning, it's not always trying to find the highest gear. It keeps the truck in its sweet spot much longer.
          Nick B
          • 1 Year Ago
          @4gasem
          Get a trans tune for your G8, it makes a large difference.
      Jim R
      • 1 Year Ago
      A Dodge with a wonky transmission? SAY IT AIN'T SO.
      Deneway
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do people insist on tearing down Ametican automobiles? When you do, you reduce the ability of the economy to grow. And your job does depend on the US Economy
        Jim R
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Deneway
        A car is the second most expensive thing most people ever buy, second only to a house. That's a LOT of money. I'm going to spend my money the best way I can on the best product I can afford--not throw it away on some misapplied sense of jingoism. If the American-made product is best, I will buy it. If it isn't, I won't. Buying an inferior product won't make the inferior product better.
      Deckard Rick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Quality german parts :)
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      jauffins
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ironically, the AWD vehicles use a ZF supplied transmission, whereas the FWD vehicles use a Chrysler manufacturer version of the ZF design, and seem to have no problems.
        peteMT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jauffins
        FWD 300's and Chargers? And it's not even the same transmission? You clearly ARE an expert!
          john96xlt
          • 11 Months Ago
          @peteMT
          LOL so I'm not the only one who caught that.
        Bill Burke
        • 11 Months Ago
        @jauffins
        Rear Wheel Drive I'm sure you meant. Chrysler built ZF's are stronger than German imports first used by Chrysler. The HEMI V-8 police cars use the old Mercedes designed 5 (6) speed. They are apparently stronger at present. That will change with Chrysler improvements.
        sdfghjkl.iponhsovnosdb
        @jauffins
        The Cherokee's ZF-designed 9 speed has had issues.
          RamSport
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sdfghjkl.iponhsovnosdb
          Computer software issues...NOT internal parts issues...Please read everything before you spout off. The software issue has been reported on AB several times....I would think you'd get it right. Or do you chose not to read everything?
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sdfghjkl.iponhsovnosdb
          They use software to smooth over hardware issues. It's just a bandaid.
        MarlonJBT2
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jauffins
        Chrysler builds both the RWD 8-Speed and FWD 9-Speed.
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