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No Chrysler 300 recall; Charger chocks only

by Patrick Rall on

Shortly after we wrote that the 2011-2016 Dodge Charger was being recalled to hand out wheel chocks, several Chrysler 300 owners contacted us and asked if their cars were included as well.

The Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Charger share a many features, including the chassis and undercarriage layout. They should have a similar pinch-weld design holding the unibody together and the same emergency scissor jack, with similar weight distribution, so all of the factors which can cause the Charger to fall from the jack are present with the 300.

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We reached out to Chrysler to find out whether or not 300 owners would also get wheel chocks. However, the folks at Chrysler HQ told us that the Chrysler 300 is not subject to the same slippage, because the body structure is slightly different.  300 operators are still urged to read the manual and understand how and where to jack up the car, but the luxurious sedan will not be recalled to get free wheel chocks.

This recall is a call to arms; it is worth spending a few minutes to read the owner’s manual or the plasticized instruction sheet in the trunk, to remind themselves how to jack up their car in the case of a wheel-change emergency.  Many unibody vehicles have a damaged pinch weld area, the edge where the jack usually goes; that increases the chance of the car sliding off of the jack. Before changing the tire, it’s generally worth a thorough read-through of the manual (or the jack instructions in the trunk), to avoid expensive problems and also to make it easier to get the jack assembly apart.

As for 2011-2016 Dodge Charger owners, the “fix” is literally as quick as having a technician place wheel chocks into the trunk.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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