When your engine loses a whole lot of oil in a hurry, things can go very, very wrong. That's the reason behind Dodge's latest recall.
Dodge issued a voluntary safety recall for 1,207 examples of the 2017and 2017 . Approximately 10 percent of the vehicles covered by this recall should carry the defect in question. The cars carry build dates between February 6 and May 30, 2017.
The issue stems from the oil cooler, which, well, keeps the oil from boiling. One of the lines connected to the cooler might fail -- in nerdier terms, the crimped joining of a polyethylene hose to an aluminum tube might separate. If that happens, the vehicle could lose a great deal of oil in very little time.
Obviously, oil on the ground can come in contact with the tires and cause a loss of traction that could lead to injury or a collision -- which isn't exactly a non-issue for a car with 707 horsepower. Oil could also spray onto the windshield, obscuring visibility, and if it contacts something hot, it could start a fire. Furthermore, if a driver continues to operate the vehicle as oil pours out, the engine could seize up, potentially turning itself into a very expensive paperweight.
A quick swap of the oil cooler lines will remedy the issue. Owners will be notified via first-class mail some time in late September. If anyone already paid for a service to fix the lines, Dodge will reimburse owners who provide proof of payment.