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Dodge Challengers, Chargers, Demons Rear Differential Defect Class Action

FCA US, LLC makes Dodge Challengers and Chargers equipped with V8 engines. The complaint for this class action alleges that these vehicles have a defect that is latent but already present at the time they are sold: “FCA equipped these vehicles with high horsepower engines and marketed the vehicles as track-capable but failed to disclose to consumers that the rear differential was not robust enough for the horsepower and torque loads produced by the engine and transmission.”

The Nationwide Class for this action is all individuals in the US who bought or leased Dodge vehicles including 2015-2019 Charger Hellcats, 2015-2019 Challenger Hellcats, and 2018 Demons. Also proposed are Florida and New York classes, and subclasses for California and the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act.

The vehicles at issue include Dodge Challengers and Chargers equipped with the V8 engines, including 2015-2019 Charger Hellcats, 2015-2019 Challenger Hellcats and 2018 Demons models.

FCA marketed the vehicles with promises of high performance. The complaint quotes several of them:

  • “Go down that quarter mile faster than anyone else can.”
  • “When you have the guts to give drivers 707 horsepower, 605lb-ft of torque and a staggering quarter-mile time…”
  • “Both Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat house a Supercharged 6.2-liter SRT Hellcat HEMI V8 engine with upgraded components to withstand the brutal performance.”

The complaint alleges that the vehicles “all bear FCA’s Street & racing Technology (‘SRT’) badge, indicating these are high-performance vehicles designed to be riven on both ordinary public roads and for speedways, dragstrips, and other track use.”

But the complaint claims that the vehicles don’t hold up to this kind of performance. The complaint alleges that “the rear differential is not adequately designed and/or manufactured for the torque loads of the engines and transmissions exerted during acceleration. Accordingly, the high torque loads degrade the differential, causing the rear differential and its internal components including … the ring gear, pinion gear differential housing and/or axles to fail…”

This defect, the complaint claims, “causes unsafe driving conditions because the Class Vehicles have a significantly greater change of failing while being driven.”

But the potential for failure and the uncomfortable or unsafe driving condition isn’t the only potential problem of the vehicles. The complaint points to “escalating repairs and repair costs” forced on consumers, including the possibility of having to replace the defective differential. Worse, “when the differential fails, it often explodes, sending shrapnel into the undercarriage of the vehicle and damaging ancillary parts that also require repair or replacement.”

The complaint alleges that FCA has known about the problem for a while and that FCA “actively concealed” the defect from consumers.

FCA currently has no real fix for the problem. Even if the vehicles are repaired, the problem isn’t fully remedied, because the replacement parts are the same as the original ones and so inherently defective.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Dodge Challengers, Chargers, Demons Rear Differential Defect Complaint

June 24, 2021

FCA US, LLC makes Dodge Challengers and Chargers equipped with V8 engines. The complaint for this class action alleges that these vehicles have a defect that is latent but already present at the time they are sold: “FCA equipped these vehicles with high horsepower engines and marketed the vehicles as track-capable but failed to disclose to consumers that the rear differential was not robust enough for the horsepower and torque loads produced by the engine and transmission.”

Dodge Challengers, Chargers, Demons Rear Differential Defect Complaint

Case Event History

Dodge Challengers, Chargers, Demons Rear Differential Defect Complaint

June 24, 2021

FCA US, LLC makes Dodge Challengers and Chargers equipped with V8 engines. The complaint for this class action alleges that these vehicles have a defect that is latent but already present at the time they are sold: “FCA equipped these vehicles with high horsepower engines and marketed the vehicles as track-capable but failed to disclose to consumers that the rear differential was not robust enough for the horsepower and torque loads produced by the engine and transmission.”

Dodge Challengers, Chargers, Demons Rear Differential Defect Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Rear Differential