Dodge Chargers and Challengers are being recalled after they were given the wrong sized wheel and brake package.
You’d think that a car with tires as large as the Charger and Challenger could be equipped with any sized wheel and still be fine, but apparently that’s not the case. Workers at FCA’s assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, noticed that a few recently built Chargers and Challengers had tires that were rubbing up against the steering knuckles. That resulted in an investigation that began in the middle of September and concluded with the determination that a few cars were given the wrong wheels.
The issue affects 111 Dodge Chargers built between May 28 and September 25, as well as 62 Dodge Challengers built between May 28 and September 20. The wheel and brake package installed on these vehicles were the incorrect size, causing potential steering issues.
According to Allpar.com, affected vehicles had the “mid-gloss black wheel,” part 5LD37RXFAA, and a specific type of brake package. Motor1 determined that the wheel and brake package is the dual five-spoke 20-inch wheel found on the Scat Pack. The correct wheel should be a different 20-inch Scat Pack wheel with a dual six-spoke design.
FCA stated that the combination of wheel and brake "should not have been an available option" on the affected vehicles. No accidents, injuries, or warranty claims have been reported.
That’s likely due to the fact that most of these vehicles are still on dealer lots. FCA reported that 123 Challengers and Chargers haven’t been sold, so most of these corrections will be performed at the dealership. Letters are likely to be sent out starting in the middle of December for the few owners that actually have one of the affected vehicles.
The NHTSA has its report available for more information. If you’ve got a very new Challenger or Charger and notice that you don’t quite have the turning radius that you expected, then maybe take it in to see if you’ve got the right wheels.