The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced in its weekly summary of Feb. 25, the recall of up to 1,785 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger vehicles produced in late 2012 as 2013 models.
The recall is for a possible problem with some of the gas tanks having a broken control valve in the fuel tank assembly.
The consequence of the broken valve is that there could be fuel leakage that may result in the vehicle running out of gas unexpectedly or, if there is an ignition source present, possibly igniting the fuel and causing a fire that could lead to property damage or injury to persons.
Chrysler has begun to notify owners and will request they bring their vehicles into a dealer for inspection of the fuel assembly. If there is a defect found, the assembly will be replaced at no cost to the owner.
This defect was discovered by the fuel tank supplier when doing a cleanup of a subassembly area and finding broken pieces of the valve assembly on the shop floor. A subsequent review of fuel assembly installations from that work cell for the period indicated a possibility of 1,785 vehicles that could have the broken assembly installed.
However, it appears from forensic investigation of the broken pieces found in the work cell that there may only be 16 or 17 vehicles that actually have the defective fuel assembly.
There have been no reports of leaks or fires from the field due to this defect.
The Chrysler recall number is N02.
Owners of 2013 Chrysler 200 and 2013 Dodge Avengers can call Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753 for more information.