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News Dodge Adding Security Code to Stop Charger, Challenger Thefts

Dodge Adding Security Code to Stop Charger, Challenger Thefts

Taming of the Hellcats

  • Four-digit pin limits SRTs to idle RPM only

  • No quick getaways without the pin for would-be thieves


Dodge is adding a new security feature for Charger and Challenger models with the 392 or Hellcat V8 engines that can help keep them from being stolen. It’s a no-charge feature that limits the cars to just 3 hp and owners of cars as old as 2015 will be able to have it added as well.

The automaker doesn’t acknowledge directly reports from the last several months (including a message directly from the Detroit area Sterling Heights PD) that Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger models with the big engines are seeing a higher rate of theft but does indicate that they know the big power muscle cars can be a theft target.

Dodge brand boss Tim Kuniskis said that “more than 150 cars are stolen every day in the United States. For any car owner, it’s terrible, it’s a hassle and it’s a personal violation. Though statistically rare, car thieves have targeted the high-horsepower Dodge muscle cars, and we want the Dodge ‘Brotherhood’ to know we’re taking quick action and covering their backs.”

The fix is an upgrade to the Uconnect 4C infotainment system in the cars that adds a four-digit security code to completely unlock the car. Without the code, key spoofers may be able to enter and start the car, but the new Security Mode limits the cars to engine idle speed, at which point they’ll make 3 hp and 22 lb-ft of torque, Dodge says.

While that may allow crooks to attempt a very slow getaway, Dodge says this will prevent police evasion and high-speed chases. All owners of 2015-2021 Charger or Challenger SRT models including 392, Scat Pack, and any 6.2L supercharged engines (Hellcats), can reach out to their dealer to schedule a free appointment with the software expected next quarter.

 

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