As important as innovation is in every industry, there are times when new designs need to be adjusted to avert unexpected problems. For this reason, Fiat Chrysler is currently recalling its new 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat after a U.S. dealer discovered a fuel leak after a car was delivered from a factory. This minor incident underscores the importance of investing in accurate leak detection systems and testing the quality of products to discover and avert problems before they occur.
The Chrysler recall reportedly began when a dealer contacted the automaker about a leak after performing a pre-delivery quality inspection. Engineers later reported that hose seals near the fuel rail may have been improperly installed, a problem which was not detected by the supplier’s leak detection systems. The recall affects an estimated 2,211 vehicles.
Leaking testing is a common quality assurance measure used to verify the integrity of various items. Using different tracer gases and leak testing methods, this process can be adjusted to suit certain products and standards for the industry in question. As a result, everything from medical devices and packaging to automotive components may be tested by leak detection systems to detect any problems. However, it is important that leak detection systems be properly selected and customized to minimize the risk of problems and recalls.
Following several high-profile and widespread auto recalls over the course of the last year, the situation facing the Charger and Hellcat seems relatively minor. While the cars have been on sale since late last year, only 2,012 Hellcats had been sold in the United States, adding to 148 in Canada, 30 in Mexico and 21 shipped outside North America. This will help the company limit any related problems and contain the defect. Furthermore, the company reports that there have been no reported complaints and no related accidents and injuries have been discovered at this time. However, customers who may have been affected by the leak are being contacted by mail. More like this blog.