Chrysler recalls Dodge Challengers for fire risk

Automaker warns owners not to drive vehicle

Published On: Mar 18 2013 03:54:42 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 18 2013 03:57:23 PM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Chrysler announced a recall today of 2,500 Dodge Challengers with V-6 engines.  In a rare move, the automaker warned owners not to drive the cars because a short in a wiring circuit can set the vehicles on fire.

The company also says owners should not park the cars in a garage or near a structure until the problem can be fixed.

The cars are from the 2013 model year and have V-6 engines. They were made during an eight-week period that ended Jan. 24.

Chrysler says seven fires have been reported that damaged cars, but no one was hurt.

The automaker is notifying owners by telephone and mail and will provide loaner cars until repairs are made.

The recall affects another 1,900 cars on dealer lots that haven't been sold.