NHTSA Reviews Limited 2005 Chrysler Crossfire Convertible Window Warranty

Apr 23, 2015 06:42 AM EDT | Matt Mercuro


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is evaluating a 2011 decision made by Chrysler to limit an extended warranty coverage for rear glass separation on its 2005 Crossfire convertibles.

Over time, rear windows on 2005 Crossfire convertibles could detach from its adhesive bond attachment to the convertible top, according to an NHTSA bulletin.

In September 2011, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued an extended warranty to cover repairs or replacement windows. The repairs only covered vehicles shipped to Chrysler dealers in "warm-weather" states, like Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas, according to The Washington Post.

So far, NHTSA has received 158 separate complaints about the issue, but no accidents or injuries have been linked.

At least one complaint received by the agency was from an owner in a non-warm weather state, by FCA's standards, asking the NHTSA to open a formal probe to look into the issue.

"Owners of the vehicles in the covered states were provided an extended warranty of 10 years or 10,000 miles, whichever occurs first," NHTSA said in its bulletin. "The petitioner's vehicle experienced a separation of the rear glass; however, it is not covered by the extended warranty."

If NHTSA complies, they would begin stage two of the recall process: the engineering analysis. This would require NHTSA to try recreating the issue in lab settings, according to The Post.

Ultimately, those tests would decide if a complete or partial recall of the Crossfire is necessary.

Approximately 15,000 vehicles are affected by the possible recall, according to The Washington Post. No probe or recall has been opened yet, so check back once we have more information. 

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