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Chrysler Oil Consumption Lawsuits

By: Nicole Halavi

Chrysler has been one of the biggest automobile manufacturers in the United States since it was founded in 1952. While Chrysler vehicles have been a popular choice amongst consumers, several models have allegedly been exhibiting transmission defects and overall reliability issues. One of the most recent lawsuits filed against FCA concerns a design/manufacturing defect in the 2.4L Tigershark Engine that results in excessive oil consumption. Oil consumption issues are much more than a frustration – oil consumption is typically a symptom of serious engine defects and can lead to premature engine failure.

If your Chrysler model has been exhibiting any ongoing oil consumption issues, CCA is here to help. Feel free to call our experts today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM.

What is the basis of the defect that led to an oil consumption lawsuit against FCA?

The recent lawsuit against FCA alleges that Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Fiat vehicles frequently stall because of defective Tigershark engines. Allegedly, the engine is equipped with piston rings that fail to perform properly with the cylinders, which ultimately causes the vehicle to burn excess oil. This defect burdens owners with the act of constantly refilling the vehicle with oil, as a failure to do so increases the risk of stalling and sudden failures.

Additionally, the lawsuit also states that Chrysler’s oil indicator system does not alert the driver of the oil levels; the indicators only activate after the engine begins to stall or dies completely. In the long term, the defect can also lead to premature wear of the vehicle’s internal parts. According to the lawsuit, FCA has been well aware of the oil consumption issues since 2015. However, it refuses to recall these defective vehicles.

Below are a few excerpts from complaints filed by users regarding the oil consumption issues:

“It is impossible for me to wrap my head around the random inconsistent oil burning consumption of this inadequately built 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder engine. There is nothing about the consumption that is “within specs” to anyone’s standard except JEEP. What can I possibly expect from this car as the engine ages when I consider the issues I am experiencing with a new engine? I am now more concerned than ever and feel extremely unsafe in this vehicle.” – owner of a 2019 Jeep Cherokee.

“I have had this 2016 Dodge Dart for about 8 months. Today the car died while idling at a stoplight. I got it to start again after a few minutes. I called the dealership and they told me to check my oil level. I had changed the oil myself about 3 months beforehand and had put the amount of oil that the owner’s manual recommended into the car. But when I checked the oil after talking to the dealership, my oil level was extremely low! Apparently these cars burn oil and if the level gets too low they will stall.” – owner of a Dodge Dart.

What Can I Do if My Chrysler is Subject to Any of the Oil Consumption Issues Discussed?

If your Chrysler model has exhibited any of the oil consumption problems discussed above, such as stalling, sudden failures, and excessive oil consumption, CCA’s lawyers are here to help – and at no cost to you! CCA is equipped with a powerful team of lawyers who are trained to handle complicated lemon law cases and get you the relief that you deserve.

If your vehicle has been exhibiting any defects or issues, please contact our experts for a free consultation at (833) LEMON-FIRM.