Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 4,459 model-year 2013 Dodge Challenger cars to address a potential short circuit that could cause a wire harness to overheat and start a fire and took the rare step of telling owners to stop driving the affected cars immediately. About 2,500 of the cars are in owners’ hands, while the rest are still with dealers. Of the total with owners, about 2,100 were sold in the United States, about 350 in the Middle East and the rest in Canada, a company spokesman said. The recall affects only 2013 Challengers built with V-6 engines during an eight-week period ended Jan. 24, 2013, Chrysler said. Owners are advised to contact their local dealers for loaner vehicles to be paid for by the company. Chrysler will also transport the cars to dealerships to make the repairs, Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said. However, owners are asked not to park vehicles in or near structures, so as to lessen the risk of spreading in case of fire.
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