NHTSA Closes Dodge Viper Suspension Investigation

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Back in May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began investigating nearly 10,000 previous-generation Dodge Vipers following complaints of crashes linked to rear suspension problems.
After probing the issue for more than eight months, the NHTSA won’t ask Chrysler to recall the Vipers in question, concluding that the crashes caused the suspension to fail and not the other way around. Earlier this year, the agency received 8 reports of crashes caused by damage to the rear suspension knuckle in 2005 and 2006 model year Vipers.

The investigation covered 9,670 Dodge and SRT Vipers built for the 2003-2010 model years, including roadsters, coupes, Competition Coupe and ACR-X models.

"Analysis of the failure data indicated these are random events and do not show any clear patterns related to vehicle build range, vehicle age or mileage. Examination and testing of failed knuckles have not identified evidence of a manufacturing or design defect in the parts. Accordingly, this investigation is closed," NHTSA said in its report.

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