Recall Central: 2013 Dodge Challenger V-6 Could Catch Fire

Fires, Slack Seatbelts, And Flying Sunroofs.

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The Problem: A potential short-circuit could allow a wiring harness to overheat and start a fire. Although none of the fires have caused injuries so far, Chrysler warns owners to avoid driving their Challengers until the fire risk can be fixed and will provide loaners cars free of charge until the vehicles can be fixed.

The Fix: Chrysler will inspect and replace the affected wiring harnesses.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 4459 Dodge Challenger coupes with V-6 engines built from November 29, 2012 to January 24, 2013, of which 1900 are unsold on dealer lots.


2007-2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser

The Problem: The FJ Cruiser’s seatbelts are mounted to the rear suicide doors. If the doors are slammed repeatedly, the door panels could eventually crack and allow the seatbelt retractor to pull free. That reduces the belt’s efficacy and could lead to more serious injuries in a crash — but none have been reported thus far.

The Fix: Toyota will inspect and repair the seatbelt retractor mounting points.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 209,000 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUVs


2004-2007 Ford Freestar, Mercury Monterey

The Problem: Rust along the rear wheel wells, often caused by road salt, could weaken the brackets holding the removable third-row seat in place. Over time, that could prevent the third row from fully latching in place, potentially allowing more severe injuries to passengers in a crash.

The Fix: Ford will install new rear-seat brackets for free. However, the recall only concerns vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 196,667 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans.


2012 Subaru Legacy, Outback

The Problems: In some cases, the Subaru Legacy and Outback may have defective components inside the windshield-wiper motor that could overheat and catch fire. In other vehicles, not enough adhesive was used during the manufacturing process, which may allow the sunroof glass to separate from its frame.

The Fixes: Subaru will install new windshield-wiper motor components, or install better adhesive and new sunroof glass, depending on the vehicle.

Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 16 for the windshield wiper problem, 14 for the sunroof problem.

Sources: Chrysler, Toyota, NHTSA

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