FCA Tigershark MultiAir II Engine Shut-Off Class Action

The complaint for this class action alleges that the 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II engine used in certain FCA US, LLC vehicles is defective. According to the complaint, the engines can stall without warning while in use. This appears to be because, the complaint claims, these engines “consume oil at a furious pace and at a much more accelerated rate than [FCA] discloses and warrants…. This defect results in critically low engine oil levels, and causes vehicles installed with [the engine] to stall and lose power without warning.”

The Nationwide Class for this action is all individuals who, within the applicable limitations period, bought or leased a Class Vehicle in the US or its territories. There is also in Illinois Subclass.

The engine in question may be installed in these vehicles:

  • 2015-2016 Chrysler 200
  • 2013-2016 Dodge Dart
  • 2016-2020 Fiat 500X
  • 2017-2020 Fiat Toro
  • 2014-2020 Jeep Cherokee
  • 2015-2020 Jeep Renegade
  • 2015-2020 Ram ProMaster City
  • 2017-2020 Jeep Compass

FCA does not disclose the defect to prospective customers. The complaint reproduces a page of an owner’s manual for a Jeep Compass that contains the engine in question, pointing out the “even under ‘Severe Operating Conditions,’ oil changes should not be necessary at less than 3,500-mile intervals.”

However, the complaint alleges, due to the engine defect, the vehicles with this engine use up oil at a much faster rate than indicated. A 2015 FCA Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) advises that a quart of oil be added every 2,000 miles for the vehicle’s first 50,000 miles, and above 50,000 miles, a quart be added every 750 miles.

Plaintiff Thomas Weiner bought a 2018 Jeep Compass that was equipped with the engine in question. The complaint says that Weiner has driven his vehicle for less than two years, and for fewer than 25,000 miles, but it “has stalled multiple times … causing him to lose the ability to control of his vehicle and exposing him to the risk of collision and catastrophic injury.”

The complaint quotes postings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website showing similar experiences:

  • “…the engine turned off with no warning. The steering wheel locked up when the vehicle turned off and coasted[.] The parking [brake] engaged at 15 miles per hour forcing me to hard [brake] and almost get rear ended with children in the vehicle…. This Jeep has only 3,043 mile[s] on it…”
  • “This happened three times over the past two weeks.”
  • “The Jeep shut off while I was going 44mph and I had no steering, no [brakes], no power at all…. When Jeep shut off warning lights came on saying ‘low oil pressure.’ No lights appeared prior to Jeep shutting off…”

Still, the complaint says, FCA has not recalled the vehicles.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

FCA Tigershark MultiAir II Engine Shut-Off Complaint

July 21, 2020

The complaint for this class action alleges that the 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II engine used in certain FCA US, LLC vehicles is defective. According to the complaint, the engines can stall without warning while in use. This appears to be because, the complaint claims, these engines “consume oil at a furious pace and at a much more accelerated rate than [FCA] discloses and warrants…. This defect results in critically low engine oil levels, and causes vehicles installed with [the engine] to stall and lose power without warning.”

FCA Tigershark MultiAir II Engine Shut-Off Complaint

Case Event History

FCA Tigershark MultiAir II Engine Shut-Off Complaint

July 21, 2020

The complaint for this class action alleges that the 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II engine used in certain FCA US, LLC vehicles is defective. According to the complaint, the engines can stall without warning while in use. This appears to be because, the complaint claims, these engines “consume oil at a furious pace and at a much more accelerated rate than [FCA] discloses and warrants…. This defect results in critically low engine oil levels, and causes vehicles installed with [the engine] to stall and lose power without warning.”

FCA Tigershark MultiAir II Engine Shut-Off Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Engine Defects, Oil Use or Consumption