2011-2012 Dodge Charger recalled for overheating headlights

Dodge recalled more than 43,000 of its 2011 and 2012 Charger sedans after the company said faulty headlights could damage electrical systems in the vehicles.

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The 2012 Dodge Charger is among the vehicles involved in a recall issued by Dodge. The automaker said headlights in the 2011 and 2012 Chargers can overheat and damage some electrical components.

Dodge has issued a recall on its Charger muscle sedan because of an issue where heat from the headlights may cause the lights and other vital components to fail. The recall affects 2011-2012 Dodge Chargers equipped with halogen headlights, of which there are 43,450 vehicles in the U.S. alone.

According to Dodge, heat from the halogen-equipped headlights may cause jumper harnesses or the bulbs to fail, leading to a loss of light. The heat may also affect other vital components such as the nearby Power Distribution Center, which could lead to a loss in the ABS and ESC functions.
A similar recall was initiated two years ago on 2011 and 2012 model year Chargers, when an overheating issue with the Power Distribution Center, thought to be caused by heat from the brakes, was first discovered by Michigan State Police in one of its training vehicles.

At present, Dodge is not aware of any related injuries or accidents in the 2012 campaign, nor is the automaker aware of any injuries or accidents involving the current recall. The automaker is in the process of contacting affected owners and advising them when to schedule a visit to their local Dodge dealership. The dealerships will inspect and replace if necessary the headlight jumper harnesses and bulbs, or the whole headlight assemblies, free of charge.

 For further information you can contact Dodge at 1-800-853-1403.

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