Recall Alert: 2011-2014 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Vehicles Affected: More than 651,000 model-year 2011-14 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs manufactured between Jan. 5, 2010, and Dec. 11, 2013

The Problem: Wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor could short circuit after a service repair is performed, increasing the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners starting in August, and dealers will inspect and repair any damaged wiring and install a new sun visor that properly routes the wire 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 visit 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 | July 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Exceeds 700 hp

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When a small hammer isn't getting the job done, the most obvious solution is to get a bigger hammer, right? Dodge is bringing out its biggest hammer with the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat — its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 makes a whopping 707 horsepower. Dodge says it's the most powerful V-8 it's ever produced and the most powerful muscle car ever.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Exhaust Note Video

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Photo Gallery

The full 707 hp is unleashed when drivers use a red key fob; the second black key fob lowers output to a measly 500 hp. Is it overkill that the black key loses 200 horsepower and still has more power than a regular 485-hp Challenger SRT? Hell, no; bring it on. The Challenger SRT Hellcat hits dealerships in the third quarter of 2014. There's no word yet on pricing.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Joe Bruzek | July 2, 2014 | Comments (7)

Recall Alert: 2009-10 Dodge Journey, 2008-2010 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 438,000 model-year 2009-10 Dodge Journey crossovers manufactured between June 29, 2007, and June 17, 2010, as well as model-year 2008-10 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans manufactured between Jan. 26, 2007, and June 17, 2010

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that a road condition that could jar the vehicle may cause the ignition switch to move out of the Run position, turning off the engine and disabling safety systems like airbags, power steering and power braking. This is an expansion of a previous recall, and Chrysler said the issue has been linked to two rear-end collisions.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the ignition switch for free. NHTSA is cautioning owners to remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key.

What Owners Should Do: Chrysler has not yet announced an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 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 | July 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee

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Vehicles Affected: About 6,120 model-year 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs manufactured between Jan. 16 and April 8, 2014; Grand Cherokee SRT SUVs manufactured between Feb. 3 and April 8, 2014; and Cherokee crossovers manufactured between March 6 and April 17, 2014

The Problem: When the adaptive cruise control is engaged and the driver presses the accelerator pedal to increase the vehicle's speed more than the cruise control system would on its own, the vehicle may continue to accelerate briefly after the accelerator pedal is released, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will re-flash the Driver Assistance System Module for free.

What Owner 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 visit 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 | June 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

In this week's list of most-watched videos our 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Exhaust Note video roars into the No. 1 spot. Check out what else was popular.

1. 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat — First Listen
2. 2015 Subaru Outback — First Look
3. 2014 Audi A6
4. 2014 Kia Soul ("MotorWeek")
5. 2014 Jaguar F-Type Exhaust Note

By Matt Schmitz | May 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Exhaust Note Video

What's bright red and sounds as mean as it looks? Check out the exhaust note of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat above and click here for the photo gallery.

By Jennifer Geiger | May 22, 2014 | Comments (5)

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Photo Gallery (21 Photos)

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Dodge unveiled the most powerful V-8 in its history earlier in the week under the hood of the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat. We got to take a closer look at the supercharged, 600-plus-horsepower coupe this morning at the Midwest Automotive Media Association Rally in Wisconsin.

2015 Dodge Challenger: First Look

Click here for more on the model and check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | May 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

It's Happening: 2015 Dodge Challenger Gets Supercharged 600-hp V-8

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The most powerful V-8 in Dodge's history is slapped between the fenders of the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which uses a supercharger to force-feed air into a 6.2-liter V-8 for an estimated 600-plus horsepower. The stout V-8 is an optional engine on the redesigned 2015 Challenger SRT that, like other 2015 Challengers, shows off an all-new interior favoring an upscale, modern design over the previous year's retro look.

2015 Dodge Challenger: First Look

Base Challenger SRT buyers now have 485 hp, up from 470 hp, and a newly available eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the five-speed automatic. Back to the Hellcat — it's available with the eight-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual with nostalgic shifter-ball knob. Hellcat production is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2014.

By Joe Bruzek | May 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2010-2014 Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan

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Vehicles Affected: About 644,850 model-year 2010-2014 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans manufactured between Aug. 25, 2010, and Oct. 31, 2013

The Problem: The vehicles' vent window switch in the driver's door armrest may overheat, possibly resulting in a fire.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners starting in June, and dealers will replace the vent window switch with a newer version 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 visit www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | May 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Which Vehicles Offer Integrated Booster Seats?

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It seems like a smart move for automakers to offer integrated child-safety seats in cars, but only two manufacturers currently provide integrated booster seats as an option: Volvo and Dodge. Of those manufacturers, only certain models in their lineups have the available integrated booster seat feature.

Are Built-In Boosters Worth the Extra Cost?

What is an integrated booster seat? It's a booster that pops up out of the rear seat's bench, raising the child up to create a better fit for the seat belt. When the booster is not in use, it can be stowed into the seat's bench. This feature is great if it fits your child properly, as the integrated safety seat is made specifically for that vehicle. A secondary benefit of the integrated booster is it will not be at risk of becoming a projectile in a collision.

By Sara Lacey | May 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

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