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FCA Defective 3.6L Pentastar V6 Engines Class Action

FCA US, LLC put its 3.6L Pentastar V6 Engine into Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles between 2014 and 2020. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the engines are defective, with components that fail prematurely, leading to engine misfires and, eventually, catastrophic engine failure.

A class and five subclasses have been defined for this action:

  • The Nationwide Class is all persons or entities in the US, including its territories and the District of Columbia, who bought or leased one of the vehicles at issue.
  • The five subclasses include California, Florida, Illinois, and Massachusetts Subclasses, for those who bought the vehicles in those states, and a CLRA Subclass for members of the California Subclass who are “consumers” within the meaning of the California Civil Code.

The vehicles at issue in this case are the following:

  • 2014-2016 Chrysler Town & Country
  • 2014-2020 Dodge Challenger
  • 2014-2020 Dodge Charger
  • 2014-2020 Dodge Durango
  • 2014-2020 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 2014-2020 Chrysler 300
  • 2014-2020 Jeep Wrangler
  • 2014-2020 Chrysler 200
  • 2014-2020 Ram 1500
  • 2016-2020 Chrysler Pacifica

The complaint alleges that the problem is caused by components of the valve train which fail prematurely, “so that they do not adequately and timely transfer the motion of the cam lobes to open and close the valves…”

The result of these failures, the complaint claims is “an audible ticking noise from the engine, engine misfires often resulting in bucking and surging, decreased engine performance, hesitation, loss of power, premature engine wear of internal components … and eventually, catastrophic engine failure. This is due to the metal particles and debris from the failed rocker arms and related components contaminating the engine oil and circulating throughout the engine, damaging vital components and the engine-at-large.”

Eventually, the complaint alleges, this can cause the engine to fail while the vehicle is in motion, which can lead to “stalling, loss of motive power and collision.”

The complaint faults the FCA and the engine for defective design, substandard materials, substandard manufacturing procedures, defective or miscalibrated software, and poor-quality control procedures.

The complaint alleges that FCA has known about this defect since 2013, when it noted problems with a rocker arm spring loaded lift pin in connection with an engine misfire. Nevertheless, the complaint claims, it marketed the vehicles as durable and reliable. According to the complaint, “FCA also advertised that the Engine was of high quality, with exceptional performance and comparatively low cost of ownership.”

The complaint alleges that FCA has no permanent fix for the problem and simply has dealers replace failed parts with other, still-defective parts.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

FCA Defective 3.6L Pentastar V6 Engines Complaint

January 28, 2022

FCA US, LLC put its 3.6L Pentastar V6 Engine into Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles between 2014 and 2020. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the engines are defective, with components that fail prematurely, leading to engine misfires and, eventually, catastrophic engine failure.

FCA Defective 3.6L Pentastar V6 Engines Complaint

Case Event History

FCA Defective 3.6L Pentastar V6 Engines Complaint

January 28, 2022

FCA US, LLC put its 3.6L Pentastar V6 Engine into Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles between 2014 and 2020. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the engines are defective, with components that fail prematurely, leading to engine misfires and, eventually, catastrophic engine failure.

FCA Defective 3.6L Pentastar V6 Engines Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Engine