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Friday, November 4, 2016

FCA Recalls Two Dodge Vipers. Not Two Thousand, Just Two.

If you thought the last recall for fourteen #Dodge Vipers was small, check this one out: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall notice for just two examples of the 2016 Viper.

This problem is also related to the air bags, but unlike the previous issue with the driver's-side front airbag, this one comes down to an issue with the passenger airbag chute that “may cause the passenger air bag door to detach during the air bag deployment.”

The two affected vehicles were manufactured at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant on January 6-8, 2016. Their owners are being notified to bring the vehicles into their local dealerships to have the passenger side upper panel assembly replaced, which ought to fix the issue.

Though the problem was clearly isolated, the ridiculously low number of vehicles affected by this recall goes to show just how few Vipers the company makes and sells. One of the last V10-powered vehicles on the market, Viper sales peaked at 3,083 back in 1994 – just two years after the original model's introduction.

The current model hasn't cracked 1,000 in any of the past four years since it launched, with this year's sales not expected to crack 600. FCA is slated to suspend production once again next year.

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