FCA Vehicles with Tigershark Engines Oil and Shut Off Class Action

This class action alleges that FCA US, LLC is selling vehicles with a defective 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II engines. The complaint claims that the vehicles consume excessive amounts of oil and, worse, “to avoid engine damage when oil pressure drops too low, [they] shut off during operation without warning.” What makes this defect particularly frightening, the complaint alleges, is that the oil indicator system does not warn drivers when engine oil is running low.

The complaint proposes state classes for this action, each consisting of all individuals in the state who bought or leased any FCA vehicles equipped with the 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II engine.

The engines have been installed in at least certain of the following vehicles:

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

The four plaintiffs in this case bought various models of Jeep vehicles (Compass, Cherokee, and Renegade) from model years 2018-2019 with the Tigershark engine.

For example, plaintiff Nick Gizzarelli bought a 2019 Jeep Compass in November 2018. He was not told that the vehicle had any defects. He claims he has followed the suggested schedule for oil changes, but four times when he has taken the vehicle in for diagnosis and repair, the FCA technician has diagnosed its problem as low oil. The technician further said they were aware of the oil consumption issue and told Gizzarelli to add oil at least every 1,000 miles.

Because the vehicle continues to consume excessive amounts of oil, Gizzarelli contacted FCA. He was told he needed documentation of the problem. Gizzarelli went back to the dealership, and while they topped off the oil, they would not give him documentation. However, the complaint says, “The dealer also told [Gizzarelli] that cars get towed all the time dur to the oil consumption problem.”

In January 2020, Gizzarelli submitted a complaint to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), claiming the vehicle “burns 1QT of oil per 850 miles. No ‘low oil’ indicator light.”

The complaint quotes his posting as saying, “When low on oil, car stalls, jolts, or shuts off. Stall generally occurs when turning at low speeds (less than 30 mph). Significant safety hazard if turning in front of oncoming traffic. Car will stall if down 2 quarts.” At the time of the posting, the car had only 26,000 miles on it. “Normally add 5 quarts of oil between scheduled oil changes. Stalling has occurred approximately 10 times. Two times stall occurred in intersection, almost resulting in high speed collision from opposing traffic.”

The experiences of the other plaintiffs are similar: excessive oil consumption, oil indicator defects, and stalls or shutoffs. The complaint alleges that FCA knew about the defects but did not warn any of the plaintiffs before they bought the vehicles.

The counts include fraudulent concealment and violations of state laws.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

FCA Vehicles with Tigershark Engines Oil and Shut Off Complaint

June 3, 2020

This class action alleges that FCA US, LLC is selling vehicles with a defective 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II engines. The complaint claims that the vehicles consume excessive amounts of oil and, worse, “to avoid engine damage when oil pressure drops too low, [they] shut off during operation without warning.” What makes this defect particularly frightening, the complaint alleges, is that the oil indicator system does not warn drivers when engine oil is running low.

FCA Vehicles with Tigershark Engines Oil and Shut Off Complaint

Case Event History

FCA Vehicles with Tigershark Engines Oil and Shut Off Complaint

June 3, 2020

This class action alleges that FCA US, LLC is selling vehicles with a defective 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II engines. The complaint claims that the vehicles consume excessive amounts of oil and, worse, “to avoid engine damage when oil pressure drops too low, [they] shut off during operation without warning.” What makes this defect particularly frightening, the complaint alleges, is that the oil indicator system does not warn drivers when engine oil is running low.

FCA Vehicles with Tigershark Engines Oil and Shut Off Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Oil Indicator, Oil Use or Consumption