2015 Dodge Challenger Recall: Just a Glitch With the Instrument Panel Software

In a document addressed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s watchdogs, Dodge informs that the 2015 model year Challenger will need a software upgrade for the instrument panel. As it happens, the version that governs the model right now has a few minor programming glitches.
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat instrument cluster 1 photo
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Just about every variant of the 2015 Challenger, including the 707 horsepower SRT Hellcat brute, have an instrument cluster governing software that may cause the panel to go into a “reset” condition, followed by a failure to perform the bulb check on safety warning lamps during the vehicle’s start-up.

Therefore, the affected population of cars fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 101 – “Controls and Displays”. FCA US LLC is telling us that NHTSA recall 14V-749 comprises of 11,668 vehicles located in the United States and 6 in US territories, all of them made from June through October 8th.

The cause for this minor digital gremlin comes in the form of an undersized microprocessor circuit trace, which may experience an overload condition at a key on cycle. Fiat-Chrysler also announces that a 3 staged start-up strategy was implemented to avoid a circuit overload condition for 2015 Dodge Challengers built from October 8th, 2014 onwards.

A more detailed description of this update is that the software robustness enhancement revises the cluster MPS start-up strategy, breaking up the cluster start-up into 3 stages to reduce the initial current draw. The recall is already in effect, but if you’re one of those owners that didn’t get a letter from FCA yet, do contact your nearest dealership or the brand’s customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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