Recall Alert: FCA Recalls Approximately 1,200 Dodge Hellcat Models for Potential Oil Spraying and Fire Risk
Dodge’s lineup of Hellcat models produce some of the most impressive power outputs of any vehicles on the road, thanks to their extraordinary engines. Of course, all that power can cause a lot of problems when paired with a faulty part.
That’s precisely why FCA is recalling approximately 1,200 2017 Dodge Challengers and Chargers equipped with supercharged Hellcat engines.
The reason for the recall is due to a potential disconnect between one of the 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat engine’s oil cooling hoses and an aluminum tube it connects to. The joint part joining these two components together is at risk of breaking.
If the hose is disconnected from the tube, oil could spray across the windshield. This can greatly reduce the visibility that drivers have behind the wheel.
Even more dangerous is the chance of the oil spitting into the vehicle’s engine. If this happens, the engine could immediately seize, in turn igniting a fire.
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Of the 1,207 Chargers and Challengers being recalled, FCA suspects that 10% have the potential of possessing the defective part. No other models that use the Hellcat engine appear to be affected.
FCA initially submitted the recall to the NHTSA on August 8. Owners will be notified if their vehicle is affected a week from today on September 22.
In the meantime, if you notice oil leaking anywhere from your Hellcat’s engine, then you should stop driving and let somebody know immediately.