Fiat Chrysler recalls Viper for faulty door handles

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is recalling about 1,750 new Dodge Viper sports cars to replace their door-handle assemblies, the automaker said Thursday.

The company says door handles in some 2013-2014 Dodge Viper SRT cars failed to close or opened inadvertently while vehicles were moving at low speeds. The company received three warranty claims but has no reports of crashes or injuries.

Engineers found a sealant, newly adopted by a supplier, provided inconsistent protection to the electronic switches that control the door latches from water. Switches exposed to moisture may short-circuit. The recall includes 1,524 2013-14 Dodge Viper SRT cars in the United States; 164 in Canada; 17 in Mexico and 57 outside North America.