Hellcat engine spitting oil in 2017 Dodge Challengers, Chargers

on Aug28

The 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is among the cars being recalled.

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling about 1,200 2017 Dodge Challengers and Dodge Chargers in the U.S. outfitted with 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat engines, citing potential fire and crash risks resulting from an engine cooling problem.

The recall, which was filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Aug. 8, covers about 10 percent of those vehicles produced between Feb. 6 and May 30.

FCA said the hose used in the engines is to blame, as the material could separate from the crimped aluminum portion of the engine cooler line, allowing oil to spray onto the windshield.

Rapid loss of engine oil and subsequent impaired visibility “can cause vehicle crash without prior warning,” the automaker said in the recall notice.

The recall goes into effect on Sept. 22.

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