Friday, September 19, 2008

2008-09 Dodge Challenger Recalled over Accidental Rollaway Concern

Dodge Challenger is being recalled over concerns about accidental rollaway with the "keyless go" function. (Photo courtesy of Chrysler LLC)
The recall affects Challengers with automatic transmission and the "keyless go" function and is scheduled to start this week. (Photo courtesy of Chrysler LLC)

Date posted: 09-19-2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chrysler is recalling 6,636 2008-09 Dodge Challengers equipped with automatic transmissions and the "keyless go" option because they may fail to meet a federal safety standard for theft prevention which could result in accidental rollaway.

"If the stop/start button is pressed and held and the engine turns off, the electronic key code is removed from the vehicle," said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its recalls summary of the problem. "Since this can occur in a transmission or gear selector position other than 'park,' and the transmission or gear selector does not become locked in 'park' as a direct result of key removal, it was determined that a noncompliance may exist.

"This standard specifies vehicle performance requirements intended to reduce the incidence of crashes resulting from theft and accidental rollaway of motor vehicles."

Chrysler dealers will reprogram the wireless ignition node module so the engine can only be turned off when the transmission and gear selector is in the "park" position. The recall is scheduled to begin this week. Owners can contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403 for more information.

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