Recall: Charger, Challenger, 300 windshields

If you own a 2020-2021 Dodge Challenger or Charger, or a Chrysler 300, you may have one of 21,258 vehicles (in the USA—there are a couple thousand more in the rest of the world) whose windshields may come out during a crash. Recall Y47 (NHTSA 21V516000) has the dealers take out the windshield and reapply the urethane sealant.

This recall may be a bit more involved than it sounds, since replacing windshields is sometimes a little unpredictable.

Dodge ChallengerThis particular 2021 Challenger is not affected by the recall

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What caused the problem? Cars made from October 27, 2020 to December 4, 2020 had a non-conforming batch of Gen V Clearcoat paint, made by Axalta Coating Systems of Mount Clemens, Michigan. The specific problem was the flow additive, not the paint itself. The recall remedy is providing a primer for the urethane to bond the windshield properly to the body of the car.

The US sales figures for affected cars are:

  • Dodge Challenger: 8,667 cars
  • Dodge Charger: 9,114 cars
  • Chrysler 300: 3,477 cars

The company found that the urethane sealant was not performing properly on June 16, 2021, and chose to make the recall on July 1; the recall itself is dated July 8, but took some time for the NHTSA to publish with full details. Owners should be notified by August 27.

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