Concern Over MPD Car Brakes Involved In Recall
(Memphis) A recall has been announced for the 2011 Dodge Chargers used by the Memphis Police Department.
The recall is from May and has to do with brake issues.
“We were having officers that were coming to us saying ‘my brakes went out, my brakes went out.’ I got on the phone and said are we having a problem,” said Memphis Police Association President Michael Williams.
Williams said an officer complained as recently as last week about the brakes not working on his Charger.
The City of Memphis General Services Department said they have been checking the 2011 vehicles since receiving the recall notice June 9th.
So far, they have found no blown fuses, which is where the recall stated there is a problem.
MPD has 165 of the 2011 Dodge Chargers on the road.
General Services can not say how many are still in service.
Williams said Tuesday, having cars on the road that might have brake problem is a huge safety issue for everyone, “I would think they would pull them all in and not wait to pull them in because when things happen, they happen.”
“These cars are in high rotation, and its hard to take them off the street because you got to have cars out there to be able to protect the citizens,” said Williams.
Williams said he did speak with the MPD command staff about the issue, “They made me aware that they had already known about it and they were dealing with the issue.”
No one can confirm if any accidents involving MPD cars are connected to the recall issue.
Williams said all doubt could be removed, had the cars been checked last month.