Chrysler recalls 4,459 Dodge Challengers over fire risk

US automaker Chrysler today said it is recalling 4,459 model-year 2013 Dodge Challengers cars to address a potential short circuit that could cause a fire.

Of the 4,459 cars to be recalled, around 2,500 have been sold, while the remaining 2,000 are still with dealers.

The cars are from the 2013 model year and have V-6 engines. They were made during an eight-week period that ended 24 January.

Chrysler, controlled by Italian carmaker Fiat SpA, warned owners to stop driving the affected cars and not to park the cars in a garage or near a structure until the problem is fixed.

The Detroit-based carmaker said that a short circuit could cause a wire harness to overheat and possibly lead to a fire.

Six fires were reported that damaged cars, but no one was hurt, the company said in a statement, while a seventh incident is still being investigated.

The company said that it will notify owners and will provide loaner cars until repairs are made, at no cost to the owners. Chrysler also will transport the cars to dealerships to make the repairs.