Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 1,209 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger cars equipped with the 6.2L supercharged Hellcat engines. An engine oil cooler hose may fail and result in engine oil spraying onto the windshield, thereby increasing the risk of a crash or a fire.
FCA points to a hose that could separate from the crimped aluminum portion of the engine cooler line.
Rapid loss of engine oil and subsequent impaired visibility “can cause vehicle crash without prior warning,” the automaker stated in the recall notice.
Approximately 10 percent vehicles that were produced between February 6 and May 30, 2017 are affected.
FCA says it hasn’t received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the failure. The fix is to simply replace the engine oil cooler lines at no charge to the owner. According to the recall, the problem is exclusive to Hellcat models built in 2017, affecting 1,209 models all total. FCA will begin notifying specific customers later in September
FCA filed the recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on August 8 and will go into effect on September 22.
TFLcar reported an earlier recall for the 2015 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger Hellcats. The safety recall was related to a possible fuel leak from hose seals near the fuel rail that may have been improperly installed.
Watch this drag race between the 2016 and 2017 Hellcats that doesn’t have any engine oil catastrophes.