Dodge Demon Flaking Paint at Hood Scoop California Class Action

Plaintiff Brian Garlough had less than 100 miles on his car when he noticed flaking paint. The complaint for this class action says this is due to what it calls the “Hood Scoop Defect,” a problem it claims is endemic to the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons. The vehicle has an extra-large air scoop at the front of the car, and the complaint says FCA US, LLC, the maker, has known about the problem but does not have a fix for it.

The class for this action is all persons in the US and its territories who, during the applicable Class Period, owned any new or used Class Vehicle in California. The Class Vehicle is the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Oddly, the California Subclass is all persons in the US and its territories who, during the applicable Class Period, bought any new or used Class Vehicle.

Garlough paid over $100,000 for his Dodge Demon in the summer of 2018. The complaint quotes from pre-sale ads claiming it’s “the most powerful muscle car ever…” This power is supported by the car’s most noticeable feature, which the complaint calls “a specially designed and trademarked 45-square-inch ‘functional Air Grabber hood scoop,’” at the very front of the hood.

The complaint claims that FCA’s pre-sale campaign “spent considerable time promoting the one-of-a-kind hood scoop…” However, the complaint alleges, “Shortly after the Class Vehicle was sold to the public, owners began noticing that the … hood scoop was sagging, buckling, and bulging, which in turn stripped, cracked, and chipped the paint” on the hood.

According to the complaint, this is “caused by a flimsy insert that expands and contracts when the Class Vehicle is used, which results in a sagging, buckling, bulging, and vibrating insert. This in turn warps the insert…” which in turn damages the paint.

The SRT Hotline told Garlough to take his vehicle to a dealership. When Garlough did so, he was told that Dodge had authorized a repainting of the hood. However, Garlough pointed out that the issue would only continue.

In December 2019, FCA released a Technical Service Bulletin on the problem which spoke of what the complaint calls “a smaller, non-original hood scoop bezel” and repainting the entire hood. It permitted owners to have the repair done by a “preferred paint facility” and be reimbursed.

The complaint claims that Garlough was contacted by an independent facility offering “to repaint the hood and replace the hood scoop bezel with the redesigned part for $3,604.00. Once again, however, the repair facility was unable to guarantee matching paint and the $3,604.00 quote is more than double what [FCA has] offered for the repair.”

The complaint claims that the terms of FCA’s offer are “not adequate and represent an insurmountable departure from the vehicle as advertised, which itself causes irreversible damage to the vehicle’s future collectability.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Dodge Demon Flaking Paint at Hood Scoop California Complaint

September 18, 2020

Plaintiff Brian Garlough had less than 100 miles on his car when he noticed flaking paint. The complaint for this class action says this is due to what it calls the “Hood Scoop Defect,” a problem it claims is endemic to the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons. The vehicle has an extra-large air scoop at the front of the car, and the complaint says FCA US, LLC, the maker, has known about the problem but does not have a fix for it.

Dodge Demon Flaking Paint at Hood Scoop California Complaint

Case Event History

Dodge Demon Flaking Paint at Hood Scoop California Complaint

September 18, 2020

Plaintiff Brian Garlough had less than 100 miles on his car when he noticed flaking paint. The complaint for this class action says this is due to what it calls the “Hood Scoop Defect,” a problem it claims is endemic to the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons. The vehicle has an extra-large air scoop at the front of the car, and the complaint says FCA US, LLC, the maker, has known about the problem but does not have a fix for it.

Dodge Demon Flaking Paint at Hood Scoop California Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Exterior Paint, Hood Scoop