The newly-minted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is already issuing recalls. This time, the 2015 Dodge Challenger suffers from a gauge problem. Apparently, the entire gauge cluster can blink on and off or completely reset while the vehicle is traveling down the road, which would certainly be disconcerting.
The good news is FCA thinks it knows the cause, a circuit overload in one of the muscle car’s microprocessors. While it’s annoying to have the analog gauges and digital information screen go dead while driving, it also could cause accidents since the problem can persist for several minutes at a time. So far, no accidents have been tied to the problem.
More bad news about the problem with the Dodge Challenger is that the possible microprocessor trouble could lead to much bigger problems if it isn’t resolved. The entire gauge cluster would reset, plus not do a bulb check when the car starts. That means the dummy lights wouldn’t’ work at all.
Recalled vehicles are all Dodge Challengers that were built through October 4 of 2014, which makes up about 11,600 units. And yes, that includes the monstrous SRT Hellcat version of the car.
The fix only requires new software for the car, which would then avoid the circuit being overloaded. Vehicle owners would only need to watch Fox News and eating stale cookies for an hour and a half on average while waiting for the fix to be applied. Letters are being sent out to owners, but anyone can contact FCA for more information about the recall.