Updating: The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration confirmed this recall in their weekly summary of recalls issued on April 1.
Dodge brand is recalling a total of 4,051 of the 2013 Challenger vehicles equipped with the V-6 engine to replace the defective wire harness.
Again, if you have not already contacted Dodge brand or your dealer, please do so immediately. Do not drive your vehicle and do not park it inside a structure until it has been repaired.
The Chrysler recall number is N18. Call Chrysler Customer Service at 1-800-247-9753 for mor information.
First report of recall as published March 18:
Such recalls are not usually made on a Sunday and the urgency of the situation was further highlighted by a statement from Chrysler that owners should immediately park and not drive their 2013 V-6 Challenger vehicle.
According to the report, a specific batch of wire harness assemblies in the affected group of 2013 Dodge Challenger V-6 models have a problem that can lead to overheating and cause a fire in the Challenger.
Chrysler says it is a aware of seven incidents, none of which caused injuries.
They further emphasized owners should not drive them until they are repaired and, in addition, is telling them to make sure their cars aren't parked in garages or near other structures just in case they catch on fire.
Chrysler says it is trying to reach owners by phone and mail immediately.
The automaker will provide a free loaner car according to the report in USA Today.
Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne told USA Today that the problem is due to a single batch of misconfigured electrical components. He refused to specify the particular part, not necessarily the wiring harness, at the heart of the problem. In any case, workers tried to reconfigure the parts, but the result was harnesses that can overheat and catch fire.
The Challenger is a performance car that is often ordered with a big V-8 engine, but those aren't affected by the recall. Only the 2013 Challenger with the V-6 engine is affected.
Owners should call their dealer immediately to confirm their vehicle is involved and to make arrangements for a loaner car and getting their Challenger to the dealership.
For further information or if they have questions, owners can call Chrysler Customer Service at 1-800-247-9753.