Get an odor of gas inside your car when you fill up? There's several issues that seem to be popping up with Chrysler fuel pumps located under the rear seating. Not just on Chargers but also the very similar Chrysler 300's and possibly others. The cheap plastic tops to the fuel pumps become brittle in no time, cracking and allowing fuel to leak out which sits on top of the housing! The seals are also going bad prematurely which can cause the same issue, and the plug directly on top can short out from the fuel. How well does gas and electricity mix??? I've found multiple others with the same issue after just a few hours of googling the issue.
Here is a complaint I filed with NHTSA and I suggest if you had this or similar issues that you should file the complaints as well or nothing will ever get done. I will also post some pictures of what I have found today, and here is a link to file the report if you should do so:
Your Vehicle's Make Model and Model Year: DODGE CHARGER 2016
Note: Your VIN, make, model, and year are all protected under the Privacy Act.
What part of your car was affected? Fuel/Propulsion System
I have been smelling a strong gas odor while driving on the road especially when the tank is full. Today while parked in my driveway I noticed a puddle of gas under the car too. The puddle was under the left rear seat. After some research I found a very common problem with these cars seems to be the fuel pump under the rear seat (Where my 6 and 7 year old kids sit). I pulled up the rear seat and found the pump is leaking through the electrical connector and large amount of gas is pooled on top of the pump!! I used dozens of paper towels to soak it up and it just kept coming out. The electrical connector is also brown/burned near a couple of the probes indicating the gas is causing a short within the plug!! I unplugged the connector and found that the gas is actually spewing out from inside the connector on the pump, where the prongs are. Researching online I see multiple of the same complaints that the plastic top of the pump cracks, and there is even a website that sells a metal cover to help protect the fuel pump cover! I see multiple people complaining about this very dangerous condition in Chrysler vehicles and yet nothing is being done about it. The more research I’m doing online the more reports I am finding regarding fires occurring in minor collisions that should not end that way. Including a report of 4 passengers burned to death, and some vehicles that combusted after being parked. This is barely a 4 year old vehicle and no way should a fuel pump housing be brittle and cracked like this already.
2011 SE model
Guru1LNBD answered 2 months ago
Or your locking ring isn't on tight. And it is also possible that your connector has a short in it which melted the plastic around the pins large enough to allow gasoline to come through like mine has done.
Joined Sep 8, 2008
I noticed a strong gas smell in and around the car several weeks ago after filling up but I did not overfill or spill gas anywhere. After having a mechanic diagnose the issue he found that the fuel pump under the rear seat on the right side was leaking and had fuel pooling up at the top.
Joined Apr 2, 2018
I have a 2011 Dodge Charger Rallye. I bought it new. I had a very strong gas smell in my garage and eventually inside my car. I had it towed to the dealership last Thursday due to concerns of fire or explosion. They diagnosed that my secondary fuel pump was leaking under my rear seat due to a crack on top of the fuel pump. When I inquired what could cause the crack, he had no answer except it is plastic and might have gotten brittle over time. The car isn't quite 7 years old, and it's garage kept in South Carolina. I'm reading all sorts of similar complaints online. My dealership says there's no recall to date. It sure looks like there ought to be. I have never had a fuel pump leak on a car, and I had a Buick to 185,000 miles and a Chrysler to 160,000 miles. Did you get anywhere with NTHSA?
Joined Apr 30, 2018
I'm going to piggy back on this post, I hope that's ok.
I have this same issue on my 2011 Dodge Charger. It's been going on for quite a while now. Years, in fact. Yesterday I came out of the store - had been there for less than an hour - and you could see the large puddle under the back passenger door. My husband and I watched it for a while and the drips were long and fairly steady. It's scary and I have waited too long to take action, but I have to do something now. I would also appreciate any help Dodge could offer.
Joined Dec 10, 2012
Actualy i saw pictures for C300 get burn and fire start from fuel tank inside the car. and i have friend in UAE told me more than 20 cars C 300 burned with in this summer.
but thanks for Brain for great information . cus i really love my car.
Joined Dec 10, 2012
Greetings... i received the attached picture from friend (he have charger 2012 se model) .
electrical connector (plastic cover ) melted .you can find it by moving the back seat and see the connector up on the fuel tank that goes to the fuel pump. every one have Chrysler 300 or dodge chagrer or Challenger need to check it if its like the picture .would be highly recommand to run to the dealer. for change the connector... yes your car subject to burn down and that is not kidding. i already emailed dodge but no respond ! .
there is no recall yet but doesnt hurt if you check your car .