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Chrysler Ram Trucks Inadequate Warm Up Protection New Jersey Class Action

This class action addresses a defect in certain Chrysler Ram trucks that could possibly end up with a hole punched in the engine. The complaint alleges that the vehicles have inadequate warm-up protection, which can eventually lead to engine failure. FCA US, LLC, the maker, has issued a recall to address the defect, but it has refused to pay for repairs.

The class for this action is persons who bought or leased a 2019 or 2020 Chrysler Ram 5500 vehicle, where the purchase, lease, or registration was in New Jersey.

Plaintiff Michel J. Ortiz bought a new 2019 Ram 5500 around December 2019, which included a limited warranty on the Cummins diesel engine components for five years and unlimited miles.

Less than a year later, the complaint alleges, “the vehicle’s engine seized and locked up on the freeway with no signs or indication that there was something wrong with the vehicle.” It was towed to a servicer, where a large hole was found in the engine block.

The vehicle was at the servicer for around three months, in an attempt to get the repairs covered under the warranty. Near the end of November, the service manager explained that the repairs would not be covered under the warranty because the vehicle’s electronic control unit (ECU) said the vehicle had had low oil pressure before the failure occurred.

However, less than two weeks before the engine failure occurred, on August 27, 2020, FCA had issued a recall for the vehicle.

Its Summary, as quoted in the complaint, described the problem: “inadequate warmup protection can cause a lack of oil film on the rod bearings while the engine is reaching operating temperature, resulting in engine damage and potential connecting rod failure, which may puncture the engine block. If the engine failure results in oil contacting a competent ignition source, a vehicle failure may occur.” The recall involved “flash[ing] the engine calibration software to include enhanced engine warm up protection.”

An online article on Cars.com noted that the start date for the recall was September 10, 2020—two days after Ortiz’s truck’s failure occurred.

Ortiz had the truck examined by an expert, who later said he had found a technical service bulletin on the problem: “It states that the engine computer must be reprogrammed for a low oil pressure problem when cold. Basically[,] the engine computer was originally programmed to lower oil pressure when cold to speed up the warm up time. The problem is they lowered the oil pressure to[o] much and this caused excessive wear to the engine bearings.”

The complaint alleges that FCA knew about the defect and did not warn Ortiz when he bought the truck. The complaint claims, “Acting in bad faith and with knowledge of the existence of the recall which it issued relative to the vehicle, the manufacturer … wrongfully refused to repair the vehicle under warranty.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Chrysler Ram Trucks Inadequate Warm Up Protection New Jersey Complaint

June 10, 2021

This class action addresses a defect in certain Chrysler Ram trucks that could possibly end up with a hole punched in the engine. The complaint alleges that the vehicles have inadequate warm-up protection, which can eventually lead to engine failure. FCA US, LLC, the maker, has issued a recall to address the defect, but it has refused to pay for repairs.

Chrysler Ram Trucks Inadequate Warm Up Protection New Jersey Complaint

Case Event History

Chrysler Ram Trucks Inadequate Warm Up Protection New Jersey Complaint

June 10, 2021

This class action addresses a defect in certain Chrysler Ram trucks that could possibly end up with a hole punched in the engine. The complaint alleges that the vehicles have inadequate warm-up protection, which can eventually lead to engine failure. FCA US, LLC, the maker, has issued a recall to address the defect, but it has refused to pay for repairs.

Chrysler Ram Trucks Inadequate Warm Up Protection New Jersey Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Engine, Warm Up Protection