Originally introduced as a two-door coupe in 1995 by Chrysler, the Dodge Avenger was pulled out of the market in 2000, only for it to reappear as a midsize sports sedan with four doors for the 2008 model year. As of 2010, five recalls have been reported to the Office of Defects Investigation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; some of these recalls also involved the 2008 Chrysler Sebring.
The first recall for the 2008 Dodge Avenger began on April 30, 2007, as more than 11,000 sedans were suspected of having front door latches with loose cables, thus increasing the likeliness of the door opening at any given moment. Free retention features added to both front doors at authorized dealerships is supposed to solve the problem. A follow-up recall began on October 29, 2007--this time, for about 72,000 more vehicles.
Front Air Bags
Almost 800 2008 Dodge Avengers--and Sebrings--were recalled on June 18, 2007, because of faulty front seat track sensors that are used for the car's airbag system. The malfunction can prevent deployment of the airbags in the event of a crash, thus increasing the risk of injury. Authorized dealers can inspect the sensors and replace them free of charge if found to be defective.
Almost 1,200 Avengers were recalled on September 11, 2007, for fuel tank straps susceptible to separating, thus causing the tank to loosen and leak fuel. In some cases, the leakage may occur next to an ignition source and begin a fire at the vehicle's underbody. Dealers are charged with replacing the straps with newly designed ones.
More than 102,000 vehicles were recalled on October 2, 2007, because of engine coolant dripping into the left radiator cooling fan motor connector. This causes corrosion, then a short circuit and possibly an engine compartment fire. In such an instance, authorized dealers are supposed to install a wiring harness overlay over the connector and replace the entire fan.
Tire Pressure Monitor Wires
As of 2010, the last recall for the 2008 Dodge Avenger began on April 15, 2008, for over 180,000 vehicles regarding the tire pressure monitor, as its electrical connectors were prone to corrosion. This could cause a short circuit and lead to any of a variety of problems, including engine stalling, dead battery and inoperable cruise control. Authorized dealers are supposed to have the wires sealed with absolutely no cost to owners.
All repairs are done free of charge because Chrysler has accepted liability for the manufacturing defects. Owners who think they have these aforementioned problems can contact the manufacturer at 800-853-1403, the NHTSA Vehicle Safety hotline at 888-327-4236 (TTY 800-424-9153) or visit Safercar.gov (see Resources).
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