FCA has announced that it is recalling a number of 2019 Dodge Challenger and Charger vehicles. That’s because an incompatible front wheel and brake package was installed, which may allow the front tire to contact the steering knuckle causing tire damage.
More specifically, Dodge accidentally put the wrong front wheels onto 173 Dodge Challengers and Chargers. Dealers will replace the front wheels and, if needed, the front tires, and then do an alignment, if needed. This recall, expected to start in mid-December, will, naturally, be done at no cost to owners.
The affected vehicles, 62 Challengers and 111 Chargers, were made from May 28, 2019 until September 20 (Challenger) or September 25 (Charger). It only impacts vehicles with the “mid gloss black wheel,” part 5LD37RXFAA, with a certain brake package. Other cars can have the same wheels without being subject to the recall, because they have different brake packages. It’s this particular combination of this wheel and brakes that’s problematic and, in FCA’s words, “should not have been an available option.”
The issue was discovered by Brampton workers on September 13, who noticed a tire too close to the steering knuckle on some cars. An investigation started on September 18 and concluded on the 27th. As of mid-October, the company had not received any reports of accidents related to this issue.
FCA US will notify owners, but they also may contact its customer service at 1-800-853-140 citing recall code VB0. Additionally, they may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit www.safercar.gov.