2014 Dodge Avenger: Recalls You Might Come Across - VehicleHistory (2023)

Gilbert Smith

Mar 6, 2021

2014 Dodge Avenger: Recalls You Might Come Across - VehicleHistory (1)

Debuting in 1994, the front-wheel drive mid-sized Dodge Avenger first premiered as a two-door coupe produced by Mitsubishi until 2000, before being brought out of retirement in 2007 as a four-door sports sedan. The car had a decent showing in sales, peaking with 96,890 units in the U.S. in 2012, before being retired as a mass production model with the 2014 Avenger.

Named the “Most American Made” sedan by the Kogod School of Business,the Avenger feels like a throwback to another time. The first-generation was a staple of the National Hot Rod Association, and was the signature car of the “Dodge Boys,” Darrell Alderman and Scott Geoffrion. The 2007 model was used as the “Car of Tomorrow” in that year’s NASCAR Nextel Cup season. The 2014 remains a favorite among gearheads, a heavy-duty piece of American musclewith a V6 engine getting173-283 horsepower and delivering a nice, satisfyingvroomwhen you hit the gas.

They, quite literally, don’t make ’em like this no more.

The 2016 Recall

As of the time of this writing, the 2014 Dodge Avenger has been on the road for about six years now with only one recall on file with the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration.


Affecting an estimated 1,435,625 Avengers, Jeep Patriots, Dodge Calibers, Sebrings, Chrysler 200s and Compass models, all dating from 2010 to 2014, recall 16V668000 had to do with the OCR, or Occupant Restraint Control module. The module had a tendency to short circuit, which would result in the restraint system effectively just plain not working. The seat belt pretensioners, side airbags, and frontal airbags were all at risk of failure to deploy in the event of an accident.

The irony of modern vehicle safety features is that they do save lives. If they didn’t, your provider wouldn’t give you such generous insurance discounts for having them in place. But with more sophisticated seatbelt and airbag systems in place, you need more sophisticated tools with which to control and manage them and make sure that they’re working as intended. More sophisticated tools means one more thing that can go wrong. One more thing that occasionally needs to be repaired, updated or replaced.

Ultimately it’s a net gain, but you can’t blame someone who gets a recall notification and wishes we could go back to the days of the lap belt and the “uh oh” handle above the door.

The recall was announcedon September 15, 2016, with inspection and repair beginning on August 15, 2017 under the recall number S61.

This is sort of a long turnaround time for a recall. Typically, automakers want to get the repairs done as quickly as possible, and you’ll generally find repairs starting within a couple months of the recall process getting started. But in this instance,Chrysler was still getting the replacement parts together. On October 26, 2016, owners were sent interim letters letting them know that they were working on it, but it might be awhile.

Owners were notified to contact Chryslerat 1-800-853-1403, or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 to see about getting their cars inspected and repaired.

Just One Recall?

One reason why the 2014 Avenger may not have many recalls could have to do with the relatively modest sales figures compared to the previous year. The 2013 Dodge Avenger sold 93,842 units, while the 2014 sold just 51,705, a little over half of the previous year’s numbers.

If the carmaker doesn’t catch a defect on their own, the process typically begins with complaints from owners. These complaints are registered with the NHTSA. If they get enough complaints, they start an investigation. If the investigation proves that the problem owes to a factory defect, they work with the company to issue a recall.

Fewer drivers means fewer complaints, which means lower odds of a recall.

Even so, just one recall in six years is pretty low, and the only explanation for that is that a 2014 Dodge Avenger is a pretty good investment.

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Melissa Oney on July 17, 2022

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Recalls, I wasn’t Awhere, never contacted

I’ve had my 2014 Dodge Avenger for 6 years. My engine light came on and I’ve tried to get it off but wasn’t successful. I was not awhere of any recalls. I am now having trouble with my seatbelt light. I am going to Chrysler dealership to see if I can get some of my issues resolved, other than that it’s been a good car to me.

2014 Dodge Avenger SE is pretty but not good for performance.

It was sold to me with a few different recall issues, the electric started going out on us the first few months we had it, we've replaced multiple engine components in just the first year, and it shakes when I drive it.

Gracie P on August 13, 2021

2014 Dodge Avenger SE is reliable, comfortable, spacious, but has recalls and a/c and heater issues.

There has been 3 recalls so far. I have issues with the a/c and heater and after looking into the issue I have discovered it is a very common issue with this vehicle. Other than that I have had no problems with the car.

Tina H on August 17, 2021

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There have been a couple of recalls but they were both repaired at no cost to me. One was for the passenger seat belt and the other was for something to do with the catalytic converter.

Mark R on April 5, 2021

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Smooth reliable comfortable 2014 Dodge Avenger SE

It has had a few minor recalls but the only trouble I have had is the windshield wiper control knob malfunctioning that was easily replaced in a few minutes.

Umieka C on August 11, 2021

A durable, reliable 2014 Dodge Avenger SE

Have had my car for almost 7 years and have never had any major issues. Have had some small recalls but nothing that affected the performance of the car.

Cory S on May 24, 2021

2014 Dodge Avenger, good for younger people and short commutes

A lot of issues and recalls in the past couple years, so wish I had gotten a car that was built above standards right out of the factory.

Tania G on August 21, 2021

My red avenger se 2014 is awesome

Access to battery you have to remove tire and plastic lining, recall on passenger airbags, avengers seem to have 'computer problems'.

Malibu B on August 7, 2021

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2014 Dodge Avenger SE is classic and reliable.

The dodge avenger has been very reliable and had minimal repairs- 2 items had been recalled and I feel very safe driving this car.

Lisa A on July 14, 2021

2014 Dodge Avenger SE is a car that is comfortable for intown driving

There is a recall that I am still waiting to hear back on. I have been on several road trips over 3000 miles no problems.

Megan S on March 21, 2021

2014 Dodge Avenger is beautiful, reliable, great on the road.

The overall vehicle is pretty reliable. Gets great gas mileage. But unfortunately has a lot of recalls on it.

john c on April 23, 2021

2014 Dodge Avenger a full gas tank last 500 miles

There was one recall for the airbags. Other than that there hasn't been any problems.

Laura K on August 1, 2021

2014 Dodge Avenger is a good family car, safe, and runs well.

Good car for family, has had a few recalls but once fixed it was perfect.

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Donna W on August 16, 2021

2014 Dodge Avenger is a comfortable vehicle and drives very nice.

There have been a few recalls on this vehicle but nothing major.

Nicole C on April 18, 2021

2014 Dodge Avenger SE is sharp looking & very reliable.

I haven't had any problems besides the airbags being recalled.

Mariela T on April 1, 2021

The 2014 dodge avenger se.

This car has had two recalls one is the air bags.

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Gilbert Smith is a New Mexico-based automotive journalist who enjoys writing about cars, trucks, and SUVs. He is a longtime contributor to Vehicle History and a member of the site's original content team when it launched.

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Does 2014 Dodge Avengers have recalls? ›

2014 Dodge Avenger Recall

The Occupant Restraint Control (OCR) module may short circuit, preventing the frontal air bags, seat belt pretensioners, and side air bags from deploying in the event of a crash.

Does a Dodge Avenger have any recalls? ›

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2012 Jeep Liberty and 2012-2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger vehicles. A component within the occupant restraint controller (ORC) may fail and prevent the active headrests from deploying in the event of a rear-end crash.

What problems does the 2014 Dodge Avenger have? ›

Top 2014 Dodge Avenger Problems
  • Engine May Not Start at Times. ...
  • Automatic Transmission May Have Shifting Problems. ...
  • Knocking Noise From the AC Compressor. ...
  • Dodge issues recall on connector for cooling fan motor. ...
  • Sensor Failure Inside Distributor May Cause Stalling/Starting Issues. ...
  • Wet Carpet Due to Plugged Evaporator Drain.

Are there any recalls on the 2013 Dodge Avenger? ›

Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger vehicles manufactured from October 30, 2012, through November 2, 2012. These vehicles may have a gas tank that has a broken control valve in the fuel tank assembly. Tip: Recalls don't affect every vehicle of the same year, make and model.

What causes a 2014 Dodge Avenger to overheat? ›

The most common reasons a Dodge Avenger is overheating are a coolant leak (water pump, radiator, hose etc.), the radiator fan, or a failed thermostat. Coolant leak (water pump, radiator, hose etc.)

How many miles does a 2014 Dodge Avenger last? ›

With the right maintenance at the right time, your Avenger could be on the road well past the 200,000 mile mark. So, you want to care for your car, but you're not sure when to get certain services.

What is the transmission recall on Dodge? ›

The recall covers 2020-2023 Ram 2500 and 2020-2022 Ram 3500 trucks. The problem lies in the transmission, where a build-up of pressure and heat inside might result in a transmission fluid leak from the dipstick tube. If the fluid contacts an ignition source within the engine compartment, it could cause a fire.

Is it expensive to fix a Dodge Avenger? ›

The estimated cost to maintain and repair a Dodge Avenger ranges from $95 to $2071, with an average of $272.

What was would cause a 2014 Avenger Dodge to leak water? ›

The most common reasons a Dodge Avenger has a coolant leak are loose hose connections, a broken radiator, or a failed water pump. To inspect a connector for the cooling fan motor, dodge issued a safety...

What is the deck warning on a 2014 Dodge Avenger? ›

it means the trunk is open or the sensor is shorting.

Why does my 2014 Dodge Avenger make a clicking noise? ›

The most common reasons a Dodge Avenger engine makes a ticking noise are low oil level or pressure, an issue with the ignition system, or an exhaust leak. Search our network of RepairPal Certified shops near you to speak with a technician about your issue.


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