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Some Hellcats recalled

by David Zatz on

The 2017 Hellcat Dodge Challenger and Charger are being recalled to prevent engine oil cooler hoses from failing. The free line replacement is expected to start around September 22; customers can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 and ask about recall T48.

The recall only affects certain 2017 cars. Around 1,200 were sold in the United States, made from February 6, 2017 to May 30, 2017.

FCA started an investigation on May 13 when they had three warranty claims within two weeks, with the same failure mode (joint separation on an engine oil cooler line).  On May 15, the supplier (Hutchings Automotive Products of Costa Rica) started to test the lines, and found problems with a single lot (2536); other oil lines from different lots had no issues.  On June 29, the company started to inspect fifty vehicles at dealerships.

There have been eight reports potentially related to the issue, with no injuries or crashes related to the issue. FCA officially chose to recall related cars on August 1.  Owners who already paid to have their oil lines replaced can send in their proof of payment to get a reimbursement.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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