Dodge issues a recall for poor fitting front tires on 173 Chargers and Challengers. Dodge states that inaccurate clearances may cause the tire to have contact with the suspension. This is because they are equipped with an incompatible front wheel and brake package. According to the official NHTSA documents, all the Chargers and Challengers are 2019 model year cars built between May 28 and September 25.
Dodge says the recall concern is that the wheels do not have enough clearance from suspension and brake components. The tire’s inner sidewall could possibly make contact with the steering knuckle. The safety concern is a “sudden loss of tire air pressure” if the tire is damaged by the contact. FCA says this could cause a crash without prior warning.
If you have purchased one of these vehicles in this timeline, go to your local Dodge dealer. The dealership will install the correct wheels at no charge to you. The wheels in question are called “Mid Glass Black Wheel.” To be positive, you can check your window sticker or wait for the official mailer. FCA continues: “Also, for customer satisfaction, we will replace the rear wheels to match the front wheels.” Dodge doesn’t want anyone hitting the road with mismatching tires.
Dodge says this recall is due to “an engineering release error” and not a wheel defect. This wheel and brake package should have never been offered as an option from the factory. The recall was originally announced on October 24. The notices will be mailed starting December 13. There are currently no reported injuries or accidents due to this issue. Allpar.com reports the issue was first discovered by workers at Chrysler’s Brampton, Ontario assembly plant, who say the tire and steering knuckle on some cars were just a bit too close for comfort.