Chrysler and Dodge Vehicles Separating Trim Class Action

Three vehicles made by FCA US, LLC have interior trim that begins to separate from the backing, primarily on the front doors, says the complaint to this class action, and in other places as well. The complaint alleges breaches of warranty, among other things, on certain Chrysler 300s, Dodge Chargers, and Dodge Daytonas.

The class for this action is all US persons or entities that currently own or lease, or formerly owned or leased, a 2014-2021 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, or Dodge Daytona, and either (1) paid out of pocket to repair the defect or (2) sold or surrendered the vehicle. California and Texas Subclasses have also been defined.

FCA is the third-largest auto manufacturer in the US. The complaint alleges that FCA sold the subject vehicles “with a particular defect—defective interior trim panels which peel away from the adjacent surface of the vehicle frame….” Some customers have termed this “delamination of the panels.” The complaint describes it this way: “Essentially the interior door panels begin to separate and rise up next to the window, generally expanding to cross nearly the entire bottom of the window.”

The defect is most obvious on the front driver and passenger doors, the complaint says, but “also happens to a lesser extent on the rear door panels” and “smaller panels that pull away from the center console area between the driver’s seat and the front passenger seat. Lastly, the dashboard also pulls away from the front windshield.”

This leaves the inner cavities of doors and other spaces exposed.

The complaint says this separation “raises serious safety concerns about the proper operation of side air bags, door locks, anti-theft mechanisms, and heating/cooling systems.” In addition, it says, complaints on this defect “have become so widespread … that the value of the vehicles at issue has been substantially reduced.”

The complaint claims that “[o]n information and belief, [FCA] learned of the Defect at least as early as 2015” through sources such as report from dealer service departments, consumer complaints, and replacement parts sales data. However, the complaint alleges that FCA has not corrected the defect during its manufacturing process and continues to sell the vehicles without warning customers.

According to the complaint, “If the Defect manifests itself during the warranty period, [FCA] generally offers to replace the interior panels at issue. The replacement panels, however, have the same Defect and will eventually separate from the frame and become warped and deformed like the replaced panels.” There is therefore no permanent, in-warranty fix, the complaint claims.

In addition, the complaint says, FCA “has not taken appropriate steps to order the replacement parts it knows will be needed” so customers must wait “on average several months for the repair to be completed.” However, the complaint claims that the defect usually doesn’t manifest until after the warranty expires.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Chrysler and Dodge Vehicles Separating Trim Complaint

September 10, 2020

Three vehicles made by FCA US, LLC have interior trim that begins to separate from the backing, primarily on the front doors, says the complaint to this class action, and in other places as well. The complaint alleges breaches of warranty, among other things, on certain Chrysler 300s, Dodge Chargers, and Dodge Daytonas.

Chrysler and Dodge Vehicles Separating Trim Complaint

Case Event History

Chrysler and Dodge Vehicles Separating Trim Complaint

September 10, 2020

Three vehicles made by FCA US, LLC have interior trim that begins to separate from the backing, primarily on the front doors, says the complaint to this class action, and in other places as well. The complaint alleges breaches of warranty, among other things, on certain Chrysler 300s, Dodge Chargers, and Dodge Daytonas.

Chrysler and Dodge Vehicles Separating Trim Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Interior Trim or Panels