Should this have been a recall?
Despite its incredible 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is not invincible. Sure, it'll easily smash any rival in a head-to-head drag race, but when there's a potential factory defect, the limited-production muscle car is like any mainstream OEM vehicle in regards to recalls. However, at least in this case, Dodge has not issued one and a group of owners believes it should have.
According to Car Complaints, a Dodge Demon recall should have been issued as several owners claim their cars' hood scoops are suffering from factory paint cracks and chips. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Demon owners and lessees in California, claims the problem is a result of a "flimsy insert that expands and contracts when the Class Vehicle is used, which results in a sagging, buckling, bulging, and vibrating insert." This warps the insert and then causes severe paint damage.
The Demon's supercharged 6.2-liter V8 is partly cooled by a 45-square-inch functional AirGrabber hood scoop. These owners are essentially alleging this feature does more harm than good, despite looking extremely cool. They are now forced to choose between driving their cars or causing additional damage to the hoods. Owners involved are thus demanding Dodge issue a recall.
The automaker did issue a service bulletin last year regarding this issue with a supposed fix, but the class action counters this claiming those repairs weren't sufficient. These Demon owners further claim FCA is failing to honor warranties and even continues to sell 2018 Challenger Demons knowing there are unresolved hood scoop issues.
But this is just a hood scoop, right? Really, how expensive could out of pocket repairs be? Turns out an awful lot. Paint jobs are never cheap and neither are hood replacements. In addition, non-factory paint repairs often result in mismatched paint colors.
The lawsuit specifically states that anyone who spends upwards of $100,000 on a specialty vehicle such as the Demon should not be forced into a position where they have to complain about paint problems. Sooner or later, FCA will have to respond and find a way to resolve the issue.