Chrysler Recalls 434,600 Cars for Possible Alternator Failure, Stall Risk

Chrysler Recalls 434,600 Cars for Possible Alternator Failure, Stall Risk
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October 17, 2014

Chrysler is recalling about 434,600 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles because the alternator may fail suddenly.

The recall affects certain model year 2011-2014 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles equipped with a 306L engine and a 160 amp alternator.

If the alternator fails, the car could stall without warning.

Chrysler will begin notifying owners of this recall in November, but a remedy is still under development.

Owners with questions can contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P60.

Related Investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has opened an investigation into model year 2011-2012 Dodge Chargers for a related problem.

ODI identified 14 complaints in which drivers claim that the alternator failed, resulting in a stalled engine. Half of the complaints involved incidents that occurred while driving at or above 40 mph.

Another incident states that the car stopped in a traffic lane and the alternator began smoking.

A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency and safety consequences of the alleged defect.