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NHTSA Closes Probe Into Dodge Viper Suspension Failures

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2009 Dodge Viper SRT10

2009 Dodge Viper SRT10

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Earlier in the year, a report surfaced highlighting a potentially dangerous issue associated with the 2003 through 2010 Dodge Viper models. No, it's not the fact that the car is a wild, handful of a beast that gives no hint when you're about to cross from on the edge to over it. Instead, it was found that a few owners reported failure to a rear suspension component. Any suspension component is fairly vital, so this is a big deal.

Turns out it was the rear suspension knuckle that had failed in a few instances, but these instances involved collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration took in eight reports of the issue, and promptly opened an investigation. Diving into the issue, NHTSA determined that the parts were not failing, and there is no evidence of mechanical or manufacturing defects.

Per Automotive News, the issue has been closed, citing a lack of evidence of any defect in the manufacturing of the parts. The failures noted had been caused by the collisions the cars were involved in, rather than the other way around.

We think there should be a new case opened, however, as to why these cars are so scary they turn us into crying babies at the first hint of oversteer. Wait, did we say that part out loud?

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