Recalls issued for several Chrysler vehicles

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From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

RECALL Subject : Seat Airbag Wiring Harness

Report Receipt Date: APR 03, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V118000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 119,497
Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC
SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, and Dodge Charger vehicles manufactured April 11, 2011, through December 14, 2011. The affected vehicles may have improperly sized terminal crimps on the seat side-airbag wiring harness which may cause the seat side-airbags to malfunction and illuminate the airbag warning light.
CONSEQUENCE:
In the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment the airbags may not operate as designed, increasing the risk of injury.
REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace both driver and passenger seat airbag wiring harnesses, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during April 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N07.
NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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RECALL Subject : Drive Shaft Failure may cause Airbag Deployment

Report Receipt Date: APR 03, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V121000
Component(s): AIR BAGS , POWER TRAIN , STRUCTURE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 61,409
Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC
SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Dodge Nitro 4X2 vehicles manufactured March 21, 2006, through March 1, 2008; and 2008 Jeep Liberty 4X2 vehicles manufactured February 15, 2007, through March 1, 2008. The transfer case heat shield may drop down and rub on the drive shaft, weakening it and potentially causing the drive shaft to break.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the drive shaft breaks, a section of it can strike the transfer case tunnel with enough force that the airbag computer will believe the vehicle is in a crash and thus deploy the airbags. Additionally, the drive shaft failure will result in a loss of motive power. Either condition may increase the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will add a bracket to support the rear of the heat shield, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during May 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N10.
NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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RECALL Subject : Fuel Tank Transfer Tube may cause Stall , 1 INVESTIGATION(S)

Report Receipt Date: APR 03, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V120000
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 20,532
Manufacturer: Chrysler Group LLC
SUMMARY:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2012 Jeep Patriot and Compass vehicles manufactured October 18, 2011, through May 7, 2012. Due to an incorrectly manufactured transfer tube, the transfer of fuel from the secondary side to the primary side of the fuel tank may be interrupted, causing the engine to stall.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the engine stalls while driving it may increase the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tank transfer tube free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during May 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler’s recall campaign number is N17.
NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Chevy Camaro leads muscle car sales for March 2013

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The Chevy Camaro takes the top spot for the third time this year for beating the Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang in sales for March.

Torque News reports that 8,102 coupes and convertibles were sold last month, making a grand total of 19,129 units sold so far this year.

The Ford Mustang sold 7,688 units in March and has sold 17,320 for the year.

As for the Dodge Challenger, it only sold 6,132 units, but sales for the Hemi-powered muscle car have grown 42% since March 2012. Dodge has sold 12,540 Challengers so far this year.

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First Open-Road American Muscle Car Experience Launches in Vegas

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From PR Newswire:

World Class Driving, a supercar entertainment company, will launch the country’s first open-road muscle car driving adventure in Las Vegas April 1. The American Muscle Car Driving Experience is letting enthusiasts get behind the wheel of supercharged muscle cars, such as the 662 horsepower Shelby GT500 and the 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8.

World Class Driving maps out Red Rock Canyon’s roads so drivers can experience the feeling of high-powered muscle cars. The company is offering two packages.

Red Rock Muscle Experience – Drive three muscle cars through 30 miles of the Las Vegas desert in a hair-raising, adrenaline-pumping tour ($299 per person).

Red Rock Muscle XL Experience – Anyone needing an extra shot of awesome can take the wheel of four muscle cars in an intense 50-mile excursion ($399 per person).

Drivers rotate automobiles periodically at checkpoints throughout the experience, learning what makes each American muscle car so different.

The top-of-the-line automobiles in the Muscle Car Fleet include:

• 2013 Shelby GT500
• 2013 Corvette Z06
• 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8
• 2014 Camaro ZL1

Chrysler to Auction Sergio Marchionne’s 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 and Mopar’s Latest HEMI V-8 Crate Engine to Benefit United Way

From Chrysler.com:

In support of United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM), a package of Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne’s customized 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 and Mopar’s latest HEMI® V-8 crate engine will be auctioned with all proceeds going to UWSEM. The auction will take place during the Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Fla., April 4-6, 2013.

This special contribution runs concurrent with United Way’s annual community giving campaign that was launched in September with a $35 million fundraising goal for the organization. Marchionne, who serves as Campaign Chair for the campaign, helped kick-off the annual campaign on Sept. 14 with a symbolic torch lighting ceremony on Detroit’s Hart Plaza.

“It gives me great pleasure to thank Sergio Marchionne and Chrysler Group for their commitment to Detroit and its surrounding communities,” said Michael J. Brennan, President and CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan. “Through the generous support of those who open their hearts and wallets during the Barrett-Jackson auction, United Way can capitalize on the ability to accelerate the impact of its work in three interconnected areas: education, income and basic needs.”

Marchionne’s personal, one-of-a-kind 2011 Pitch Black Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 features a set of custom mixed “Dark Charcoal” racing stripes that were hand laid by the designers in the SRT brand design studio and applied by the master painters from the Chrysler Group’s Product Design Office.

The Challenger SRT8 392 has been lowered using a Mopar adjustable coil-over suspension kit to add even more performance attitude to its aggressive stance. The car also features a Mopar exhaust system. The SRT designers wanted a sinister look from every angle, so the tail lamps have been “smoked” and the iconic 392 HEMI® fender badges have been re-created in gloss and satin black finishes. The factory forged 20-inch-by-9-inch wheels have been finished in matte black to complete its menacing looks.

The interior features custom-trimmed black leather seats embroidered with SRT and 392 logos. Inside the instrument cluster, the SRT-exclusive Electronic Vehicle Information Center with performance pages provides the driver with trip information, multimedia information from the Media Center radio, along with instant feedback for 0-60 mph, 60-0 mph braking, one-eighth mile and quarter-mile elapsed times along with various G-force measurements.

As equipped from the factory, Marchionne’s Challenger SRT8 392 is powered by the proven 392-cubic-inch (6.4-liter) HEMI V-8 engine that pumps out 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque across a wide rpm range while still delivering up to 23 miles per gallon on the highway with its six-speed manual transmission. This legendary V-8 has gained some serious technology over the years and now features an active intake and an innovative cam in cam variable-cam timing that manipulates timing and overlap. Like the original 392 HEMI models from Chrysler Group, this Challenger backs its road presence with performance numbers such as 0-60 mph in the high 4-second range and quarter-mile elapsed time in the high 12s.

Mopar’s newest all-aluminum crate engine – the Gen III 426 HEMI V-8 is rated at 540 horsepower and 530 ft.-lbs. of torque for the buyer who wants even more hard charging horsepower from under the hood.

For information on online and phone bidding, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com/bid/.

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Soldier welcomed home with Dodge Challenger after serving in Afghanistan

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An Ann Arbor, Michigan, soldier was welcomed home with an incredible surprise when he arrived on U.S. soil after serving in Afghanistan.

19-year-old Private First Class Aaron Delarosa was not only greeted by his family, but had a Dodge Challenger presented to him when he got off the airplane, according to wxyz.com.

Not a bad way to say, “Thank you!”

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West Coast Challengers Car Club takes End of World Cruise

If you knew that the end of the world was coming, what would be the last thing you do?

You can’t log on to any social media site without someone talking about the “end of the world” coming this week. In the event you’ve been under a rock, the Mayan calendar created centuries ago basically said the world would end on December 21, 2012. We’ll spare you the entire history lesson.

One group of auto enthusiasts took advantage of their “last days” and got together for an “End of the World Cruise.” The West Coast Challengers Car Club organized a trip that started in San Diego and ended at the Agua Caliente Casino and Resort in Rancho Mirage, California.

What gearhead or auto enthusiasts wouldn’t want to spend their final days with their car? If anyone really does think the end of the world is coming this week, you can leave your rides with us. (Ha.)

End of the World Cruise from Christopher Mayer on Vimeo.