NHTSA: 5 Million Chrysler Vehicles Under Scrutiny for Stalling Problem

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Earlier this month, Cars.com reported that Chrysler was recalling nearly 190,000 model-year 2011 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs due to a problem with the Totally Integrated Power Module that could cause the vehicles to stall suddenly. Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it will formally review millions more Chrysler SUVs, pickup trucks and minivans starting with the 2007 model year due to complaints of problems associated with the same module. An Aug. 21 letter from advocacy group the Center for Auto Safety initiated the review, informing NHTSA of 63 complaints pertaining to problems allegedly caused by the module.

Recall Alert: 2011 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

"The CAS alleges that TIPM failures have resulted in incidents of engine stall; airbag non-deployment; random horn, headlight, taillight, door lock, instrument panel and windshield wiper activity; failure of fuel pump shutoff resulting in unintended acceleration; and fires," NHTSA said in a statement, also noting that the CAS petition also references a class-action lawsuit that has been filed regarding the alleged module failure.

By Matt Schmitz | September 29, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Video

For the 2015 model year, the nostalgic Dodge Challenger heads further down memory lane by bringing back the Scat Pack from its late '60s and early '70s heyday, boasting 485 horsepower and a mid-4-second zero-to-60 mph time. How does it measure up to the 707-hp Hellcat? Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek tells you in the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 290,000 Chrysler Sedans, Wagons, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 290,000 model-year 2008 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, Dodge Magnum station wagons, and Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee SUVs, all manufactured before May 12, 2008

The Problem: Ignition keys may not fully return to the On position after rotation to the Start position during engine startup, instead remaining between the Start and On positions. If this happens, windshield defroster and wiper function may be lost, though not airbag function. Also possible, though less probable according to Chrysler, the ignition key could move through the On position to the Accessory or Off positions, causing reduced braking power and a loss of engine power, power steering and safety features such as front airbags. The automaker, which announced the voluntary recall today, said it is unaware of any injuries related to the problem.

The Fix: Chrysler said it will notify owners of when they can schedule service, which will be done for free. In the interim, the automaker advises drivers to confirm that their ignition keys are set in the On, or 1 o'clock, position after starting the vehicle to ensure engine power and functionality of all systems, including front airbags. Also, Chrysler says to separate ignition keys from key rings or other keys.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 25, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2011 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 190,000 model-year 2011 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs manufactured between Jan. 5, 2010, and July 20, 2011, and equipped with either a 3.6-liter or 5.7-liter engine

The Problem: The fuel pump relay inside the Totally Integrated Power Module may fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners Oct. 24, and dealers will replace the fuel pump with one external to the module for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Dodge Challenger Review

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"If a retro-styled American muscle car is what you crave, you don't have to spend Hellcat money to get Hellcat fun — the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack costs less but is easily as entertaining," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

2015 Dodge Challenger Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | September 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Chrysler Town and Country: Explaining the Trim Levels

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Busy families know there's no more functional family hauler than the iconic minivan. The Chrysler Town & Country has been a heavyweight in the segment since I used to rollerblade home after school to catch the latest "Full House" episode.

Related: More Minivan News

For today's discerning consumer, the Town & Country adds two new trim levels (the LX and the Limited Platinum), bringing the total lineup for the 2015 model year to six trims. That should assure there's a Town & Country to fit every family and every family's budget, but it also adds some confusion to the shopping process.

The 2014s are still currently on sale alongside 2015s. There are nearly 9,000 new 2014s in Cars.com's national inventory and approximately 5,700 2015 models.

By Kristin Varela | September 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Ram 1500, 2015 Chrysler 200

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 16,000 model-year 2014 Jeep Cherokee crossovers and Ram 1500s, and 2015 Chrysler 200 sedans

The Problem: Due to an insufficient weld, the rear shocks may detach from the vehicle at one end and possibly damage other chassis components or the tire, or result in reduced braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will inspect the rear shocks and replace any affected ones for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: First Look

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  • Competes with: Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, BMW M5, Chevrolet SS
  • Looks like: The meanest, baddest, kick-ass Dodge Charger ever built
  • Drivetrain: 707-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 with eight-speed automatic; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Early 2015

You knew it was coming. There was no way Dodge was going to make an engine like the Hellcat V-8, a 707-horsepower, supercharged monster motor, and limit its use to the 2015 Challenger SRT. Sure enough, Dodge proved the internet rumor mill right by unveiling the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat sedan today, christening it the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world.

What'll she do? Zero-to-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, two-tenths of a second quicker than a Challenger SRT Hellcat. The National Hot Rod Association has certified it as running the quarter mile in 11.0 seconds flat on street tires with a top speed of 204 mph. It's only 100 pounds heavier than the Challenger Hellcat, and it's faster than the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, BMW M5, Aston Martin Rapide or any other sedan you can name.

By Aaron Bragman | August 13, 2014 | Comments (15)

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Video

Sonny, we can remember when 700 horsepower was just for supercars. Nowadays, you spoiled kids have the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which throws what Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek calls "ludicrous" power behind the iconic muscle car. Watch Bruzek at the drag strip testing the fury the Hellcat hath in the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Chrysler 200 Earns IIHS’ Top Safety Pick Plus Award

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the redesigned-for-2015 Chrysler 200 sedan a Top Safety Pick Plus award winner. The institute's top honor requires that a vehicle earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap protection; good ratings in moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests; and a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. The previous Chrysler 200 scored only acceptable in the small overlap test, which approximates what happens when a vehicle strikes a tree or telephone pole. This time out, the "midsize moderately priced car," as IIHS classifies it, earned the small overlap evaluation's top rating of good, bumping it up from Top Safety Pick to Top Safety Pick Plus.

Related: 2015 Chrysler 200 Review

"In the small overlap test, the driver's space was maintained well, and injury measures recorded on the dummy indicated a low risk of any significant injuries in a real-world crash of this severity," IIHS stated in a news release. "The dummy's head was well controlled by the frontal airbag, which stayed in position during the crash. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structures."

In addition, the sedan earned a superior rating for front crash prevention when equipped with an optional forward collision system with autobrake, included in the $1,295 SafetyTec package. IIHS said the system completely stopped the vehicle at 12 mph and "significantly reduced the vehicle's speed" at 25 mph.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 12, 2014 | Comments (1)

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