Chrysler has issued a recall for 119,072 U.S.-market 2011 and 2012 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans over a rubbish piece of plastic. The problem is caused by plastic insert surrounding a fuse, which may be subject to distortion caused by thermal expansion and contraction. That then can blow the fuse, effectively disabling the car’s ABS/ESC control system.
It’s not the end of the world if it happens, since basic brake function will still be fully available. The lack of electronic controlling systems, however, might cause less experienced drivers trouble in handling the vehicle. Chrysler is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.
If your car is affected by this problem, chances are you already know because a blown fuse will illuminate the ABS/ESC warning lamp. Recalled vehicles will be fitted a new fuse which also will be relocated.
“Despite a small number of incidents, we concluded it was in the best interest of our customers to repair the vehicles and eliminate the potential for this condition to occur,” said David Dillon, Head of Product Investigations and Campaigns, Chrysler Group LLC.