The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ended its investigation of 153,817, 5.7-liter and 6.1-liter Hemi V8-powered 2006 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Magnum models after reports of stalling. Chrysler has responded by granting a lifetime warranty on the fuel tanks for these vehicles.

NHTSA received 299 reports of engines stalling while the models were stopped or driving at low speeds, and began an investigation. The government agency found that the control valve shutoff float in the V8s' 19-gallon fuel tank could malfunction if the fuel had too high of an ethanol content. In many cases, the valve would break in the open position, allowing the tank to be overfilled, which would then cause the cars to stall. However, there were no accidents reported, and the vehicles could be restarted immediately.

There will not be a recall on these vehicles because, "the condition represents a low risk to motor vehicle safety and is adequately addressed by Chrysler's extended warranty," NHTSA said to The Detroit News.


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      Kyle
      • 10 Months Ago
      This is why ethanol should fuel crazy nights of debauchery and not cars...
      m_2012
      • 10 Months Ago
      I had a 6.1 Magnum. I did a cam and heads. I was going to run E85 for its octane properties - looking back I am glad I didn't. Many people were doing the same when they boosted on these. More evidence we need to get rid of ethanol.
      Mike Patrick
      • 2 Months Ago

      NHTSA needs to start a new probe or reopen the old probe, Because, after the tank is replaced the vapor recovery system has apparently been damaged. Causing a component to run and drain the vehicles battery.

      Just like the stalling problem Chryslers employees are being instructed to lie to us about knowing what the problem is.

           

      Rr778
      • 10 Months Ago
      So the obvious question is does this affect the e-class Mercedes sister car??
      • 10 Months Ago
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      Ramairbird
      • 9 Months Ago
      Just got back from the dealer where everyone was doing the 3 monkeys (hear no evil, see no evil, say no evil). They said they have no notice from Chrysler, and my car's VIN has no recalls. I showed them the article and they all acted like it was the first time they'd seen it - even though one said he'd had several cars come in with the problem. My car fits the profile exactly (2006 RT with 5.7 Hemi) and this happens to me at EVERY fill-up. Last time as I was trying to merge onto highway. Chrysler and NHTSA may have slow-rolled this, but just wait until some folks get killed - which is bound to happen. They will look like Chevy does now with their ignition problem. Next steps for me are a letter writing campaign (Chrysler, Dealer, BBB, and every new outlet). Hopefully the news will turn the heat up on Chrysler and show NHTSA to be yet another worthless government waste of tax dollars.
      Jørdan
      • 10 Months Ago
      How frustrating. This problem put my car and myself in jeopardy multiple times yet Chrysler just acted as if they'd never heard of the problem. Too late now I sold it a few months ago. Thanks for the nine year turn around on figuring out you are at fault, ChryMoCo.
      Joe
      • 10 Months Ago
      There was a TSB out for this, but the best estimate I got to fix it was about $1500. I hope I can get it repaired under the extended warranty now. It will be nice not having to stop a few gallons before full when I get gas.
      David MacGillis
      • 10 Months Ago
      So. extra ethanol does do damage doesn't it?
      DC Mike
      • 10 Months Ago
      My old 300 did it 3 separate times. Each stall was during a low speed left hand turn from a stop... like the kind you make crossing traffic. The second time it happened it was almost an incident, after that I was always a little apprehensive.
      Tory Jamison
      • 8 Months Ago
      Just got off the phone with Management at Chrysler Customer Care. It took a few days but they finally called me back... It's official, if you own a 2006 V8 Dodge Magnum, Dodge Charger or Chrysler 300c that has this stalling problem and you haven't been notified of the extended warranty by now or your dealer is saying your VIN was not included in the extended warranty granted to vehicles based on NHTSA Investigation PS13-016. Your screwed. Of course they didn't say that but they did say all owners were informed way back when just after the intial announcements weeks ago. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE file a complaint with the NHTSA. Reference PE13-016 in the comments and tell them Chrysler isn't extending the gas tank warranty on you car and your car stalls after filling with gas. It only took a couple of hundred complaints to get the NHTSA to investigate the first time. Your complaint will make a difference! Very easy to submit complaint: https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/index.xhtml Original NHTSA Investigation: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/defect/results.cfm?action_number=PE13016&SearchType=QuickSearch&summary=true
      Tory Jamison
      • 8 Months Ago
      Just got off the phone with Management at Chrysler Customer Care. It took a few days but they finally called me back... It's official, if you own a 2006 V8 Dodge Magnum, Dodge Charger or Chrysler 300c that has this stalling problem and you haven't been notified of the extended warranty by now or your dealer is saying your VIN was not included in the extended warranty granted to vehicles based on NHTSA Investigation PS13-016. Your screwed. Of course they didn't say that but they did say all owners were informed way back when just after the intial announcements weeks ago. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE file a complaint with the NHTSA. Reference PE13-016 in the comments and tell them Chrysler isn't extending the gas tank warranty on you car and your car stalls after filling with gas. It only took a couple of hundred complaints to get the NHTSA to investigate the first time. Your complaint will make a difference! Very easy to submit complaint: https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/index.xhtml Original NHTSA Investigation: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/defect/results.cfm?action_number=PE13016&SearchType=QuickSearch&summary=true
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