Recall Alert: 2015 Chrysler 200

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 22,000 model-year 2015 Chrysler 200 sedans equipped with the V-6 engine

The Problem: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is recalling the affected vehicles to resolve manufacturing issues that may prevent the vehicles from shifting into Park, increasing the risk of an accident. The automaker said five customers have reported being unable to shift the vehicle into Park, but FCA is unaware of any injuries or accidents related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and, if needed, replace the nine-speed automatic transmission for free.

What Owners Should Do: FCA has not yet provided an owner-notification schedule. In the meantime, the automaker says drivers should activate the vehicle's parking brake before shutting off its engine. Owners can call FCA at 800-853-1403 for more information.

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

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Chrysler 300S: Car Seat Check

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Chrysler's stylish flagship got an update for 2015 that makes it stand out even more; according to the automaker, the 300's grille has been pumped up by 33 percent this year. Inside, the sedan will stand out for families because it's again one of a handful of sedans that can comfortably accommodate three child-safety seats.

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The backseat may be roomy, but parents will find it tough to install car seats in the sporty 300S model; its stiff leather seats made connecting to the Latch anchors difficult, and the model's heavily bolstered seat cushions impacted car-seat fit.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Chrysler 300S Test-Car Gallery (25 Photos)

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Chrysler's full-size sedan was already one of the most stylish in the class, but an update for 2015 adds even more attitude to the 300's looks. A 33 percent bigger grille in front and redesigned taillights in back highlight the exterior changes across the lineup. The sporty 300S model adds blacked-out trim, large 20-inch Hyper Black finish wheels, more sculpted bodyside sills and a unique deck-lid spoiler.

Related: 2015 Chrysler 300: First Drive

Inside, our test 300S had the Black with Ambassador Blue Nappa leather interior with silver accent stitching. Glossy black paneling accents the center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel, gauge cluster and door panel, and it's highlighted by matte carbon-fiber-like trim.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 18, 2015 | Comments (6)

Government Forces New Airbag Recall For 2.12 Million Vehicles

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is recalling more than 2 million vehicles to fix a defect it says was not properly remedied under a previous recall. Airbags can inadvertently deploy in 2.12 million Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac and Toyota vehicles, increasing the risk of an injury.

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NHTSA says this campaign will provide owners with a new remedy after the manufacturers' original attempts to fix the defects proved ineffective.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

Chrysler Debuts Updated Uconnect Access System

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Detroit's North American International Auto Show may start next week, but there's another big show making news. Automakers are showing off their latest tech advances this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unveiled the latest version of its Uconnect Access app-based connected-car system.

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New features include Vehicle Finder, Send Destination to Vehicle, Vehicle Health Report and Vehicle Health Alert. Aside from the added functionality, the app has been redesigned as well; FCA says that aside from a whole new look, the app is faster and more intuitive.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

FCA, BMW Expand Takata Airbag Recalls

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Two more automakers have expanded their Takata airbag recalls. BMW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced major expansions to their campaigns, which affect cars with faulty airbag inflators that could rupture when they deploy and send shrapnel into occupants. Inflators have been reportedly linked to at least five deaths and dozens of injuries, but Takata maintains that the problem only occurs in high-humidity areas.

Related: NHTSA Urges Automakers to Issue National Recall for Takata Airbags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration remains skeptical, issuing a Nov. 18 recommendation that all 10 automakers involved expand their recalls nationwide. Honda, Mazda and Ford have done so, and last week saw two more players follow suit.

By Kelsey Mays | December 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Chrysler 300: First Drive

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Austin is weird. In fact, the city hangs its hat on that distinction. A small patch of donkey blue wedged in a sea of elephant red, the liberal city prides itself on its odd-man-out political status and singular strangeness. I visited the Texas city to drive the updated Chrysler 300, and the sedan is anything but strange.

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The 2015 Chrysler 300's attention-grabbing styling, elegant interior and composed road manners convey an overall classiness that rivals other large sedans.

Light exterior and interior styling updates, a standard eight-speed automatic transmission with rotary dial and additional safety features highlight the changes for 2015. The 300 has always made a splash visually, and the new model's exaggerated front-end proportions ensure it will continue to be a statement-maker for the brand. Its signature gaping grille is even larger this year — pumped up by 33 percent — and inside the mesh grille floats Chrysler's winged badge.

The 300 Limited, 300C, 300S and 300C Platinum trims are available for 2015; I tested a rear-wheel-drive Limited trim with the V-6; Chrysler expects around 40 percent of buyers to opt for this entry model.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 21, 2014 | Comments (7)

Chrysler, Mazda Expand Takata Airbag Recalls

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Two automakers are expanding their Takata-airbag-related recalls. Chrysler is adding more than 200,000 vehicles to its regional recall of front passenger-side airbag inflators, while Mazda is following Honda’s lead and expanding its recall of approximately 330,000 vehicles to now include the driver-side Takata airbag.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall

In late November, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Chrysler to expand its June recall of cars with defective Takata airbags by Dec. 1. The expanded recall is for 208,783 older-model vehicles in areas with high humidity, according to a statement from Chrysler. The automaker’s original recall included about 69,000 cars in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Chrysler’s latest recall affects vehicles purchased, ever registered in or still registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas as well as American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

By Jennifer Newman | December 12, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat EPA Rated at 22 MPG Highway

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It's fast, it's powerful and it's actually more fuel efficient than you'd expect. Chrysler announced today that the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is EPA rated at 13/22/16 mpg city/highway/combined.

Related: 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: First Look 

The 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 is paired with an eight-speed automatic and makes 707 horsepower and 650 pounds-feet of torque. Dodge calls it "the quickest, fastest, most-powerful sedan ever" and claims it has a top speed of 204 mph and is good for a zero-100-zero mph time of less than 13 seconds.

The 2015 Charger Hellcat is slated to go on sale early next year and start at $64,990, including destination and a $1,700 gas-guzzler tax.

Cars.com photo by Aaron Bragman

By Jennifer Geiger | December 11, 2014 | Comments (9)

Many Automakers Expand Takata Airbag Recall, But Feds Still Want More

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At least six automakers expanded their recalls this week for faulty airbag inflators from parts supplier Takata Corp. The affected airbags can launch shrapnel into passengers as they deploy; incidents were observed in high-humidity areas, prompting 10 automakers to recall scores of 2000s-era models registered in states such as Florida. The total previously stood at nearly 8 million cars, but that figure is rising fast.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

After findings suggested the inflators could fail outside the recalled areas — and were possible with driver's-side airbags, not just the passenger airbags originally investigated — the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pressed on Nov. 18 for automakers to recall cars across all 50 states. This week, many automakers expanded their campaigns, but only Honda pushed the recall nationwide. Just this morning, the automaker said it would recall another 3 million cars for the driver's-side airbag, The Detroit News reports. That brings the total to at least 11 million, and it's the latest in a string of developments in a recall crisis blamed for at least five deaths so far.

By Kelsey Mays | December 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

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