Chrysler Group Recalls Dodge and Chrysler Vehicles due to Electronic Stability Control System Defect

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on May 16, 2012

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Chrysler Group, LLC is recalling 119,072 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger vehicles due to a defect in the brake system’s antilock control unit module, which may cause overheating in the power distribution center. This defect may cause the vehicles to lose ABS (anti-lock brake) or ESC (electronic stability control) function. This may lead to a loss of vehicle control; increasing the possibility of a car accident and injury.

The recall involves model year 2011 and 2012 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 vehicles. Chrysler will notify owners of the affected vehicles and dealers with remedy the defect at no cost. This recall should begin in May 2012. For additional information, owners may call Chrysler at (800) 853-1403 or the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

The anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) system are important vehicle safety features. The ABS system allows the wheels to continue turning when hard braking is applied so that they still maintain active traction with the road surface and do not lock up. The ESC system detects and compensates for loss of traction in order to prevent skidding by automatically applying the brakes to aid the driver in steering the vehicle. If these systems do not function properly, the driver may be unable to avoid a crash.

If you have suffered injury in a New Jersey auto accident caused by a defective ABS or ESC system, the experienced New Jersey electronic stability control attorneys at Blume Forte can help you determine whether your potential claim may have merit. To speak to one of our lawyers, call (973) 635-5400 for a no-cost consultation.

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