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 (1)

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 (8)

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 (2)

2014 Dodge Dart GT Misses the Mark

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Dodge introduced the Dart GT sport trim level to round out the compact car's lineup with a performance suspension, improved steering and a more powerful non-turbocharged 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which pairs with a six-speed manual transmission or conventional six-speed automatic.

The engine and automatic transmission were previously a unique offering when the GT debuted as a 2013, but are now more widely available for 2014. The combination offers a less finicky experience compared to the Dart's laggy 160-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter and clunky dual-clutch automatic transmission.

2014 Dodge Dart Expert Review

So far so good, but it's the GT-specific suspension takes away all the good that the engine and transmission improve upon. I'm not convinced there's an upside to the Dart GT's harsh ride after spending time recently testing one.

By Joe Bruzek | May 7, 2014 | Comments (5)

Everything You Need to Know About the Future of Fiat Chrysler

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Today, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles laid out its game plan for the future of its many brands.

  • The Chrysler brand will shed any pretension of being a premium offering and aim its crosshairs on the Fords and Hondas of the world. Full details.
  • Dodge will become a performance-oriented brand, even more so than today, as well as reabsorb the SRT moniker and halo Viper. Full details.
  • Jeep ... keeps being Jeep but a more global-friendly Jeep. Full details.
  • We now know when to expect the next-generation of Ram pickup trucks. Full details.
  • Fiat will be adding only a few models while a reinvigorated Alfa Romeo will inundate the U.S. with a handful of new cars and SUVs. Full details.
By David Thomas | May 6, 2014 | Comments (3)

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