Fiat Chrysler produces a popular line of family brand cars, minivans and sports utility vehicles (including Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep, Maserati, Alfa-Romeo, and others). They also produce an incredible number of lemons. If you have purchased or leased a defective vehicle manufactured by Fiat Chrysler that has not been timely repaired, is no longer trustworthy, or that has been out of service for over 30 days, you may have a valid lemon law claim. CAA – The LemonFirm.com routinely pursues Chrysler lemon law claims on behalf of clients throughout California and works to help them obtain the compensation they deserve.
Through the years, we have helped Fiat Chrysler consumers whose vehicles have experienced a wide range of problems — stalled engines, defective brakes, no starts, transmission problems, oil leaks, suspension issues, and more. When you consult us, you can rest assured we will enforce your consumer rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We are familiar with the technical issues plaguing Fiat Chrysler vehicles and how to obtain the maximum possible compensation for our clients. Call us at (833) LEMON-FIRM today for a free consultation.
Recent Chrysler Defects & Recalls
Despite the popularity of the Chrysler brand, the automaker has also issued an incredible number of vehicle recalls over the years. Most recently in June 2019, the automaker announced the recall of about 300,000 model year 2019-2020 Ram 1500 trucks. It was found that an onboard software flaw may prevent the vehicle’s airbag from deploying in a collision, increasing the risk of injury. In addition, Fiat Chrysler found that the vehicle’s seat belt pretensioners may fail to function due to a software defect. Fiat Chrysler instructed dealers to reprogram or replace the software as needed.
In April 2019, Chrysler announced the recall of 289,000 Dodge Dart compact vehicles in the U.S. that could roll away due to a defect that could cause the shift cable to detach from the transmission, preventing drivers from shifting vehicles into park. The recall covered 2013-2016 model year automatic transmission Darts. While the automaker discontinued production of the Dodge Dart in 2016, some of these vehicles may still be under warranty and subject to the California Lemon Law.
In March 2019, Fiat Chrysler announced the voluntary recall of more than 860,000 vehicles in the United States, as a result of in-use emissions investigations conducted by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EPA mandated in-use testing performed by the automaker.
While Fiat Chrysler said that the recall was “routine,” the affected vehicles failed to meet federal emissions standards. The EPA and automakers generally conduct routine tests of one-year-old and four-year-old vehicles to identify potential defects that could lead to excess emissions. The EPA randomly tests about 150 vehicles each year, while manufacturers test about 2,000 vehicles combined, which makes a recall of almost 900,000 vehicles substantial.
The emissions failures have been attributed to faulty catalytic converters, which may need to be replaced. The affected Fiat Chrysler vehicles include:
- 2011-2016 Dodge Journey (JC FWD)
- 2011-2014 Chrysler 200 / Dodge Avenger (JS FWD)
- 2011-2012 Dodge Caliber (PM FWD CVT)
- 2011-2016 Jeep Compass/Patriot (MK FWD CVT)
The EPA intends to continue its investigation of Fiat Chrysler vehicles that are potentially non-compliant with emissions standards and may become the subject of future recalls. Determining whether or not these vehicles are covered under the California lemon law requires the skills of the dedicated consumer advocacy attorneys at CCA – TheLemonFirm.com.
Fiat Chrysler: A History of Recalls
In the past several years, a number of Fiat Chrysler vehicles have been the subject of recalls for problems such as engine stalling, cruise control issues, suspension issues, gear shift defects that cause rollaways, and defective Takata airbags:
- In May 2018, the automaker announced the recall of 4.8 million vehicles due to a problem preventing drivers from being able to cancel cruise control. Affected vehicles included model year 2015-2018 Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300, Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Journey, Dodge Durango, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks and Ram 500/4500/5500 cab chassis trucks. Fiat Chrysler attributed the problem to a software defect and instructed dealers to replace the software as needed.
- In 2016, Fiat Chrysler announced the recall of more than 811,00 vehicles, including 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, and 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. Confusing electronically controlled shift levers caused drivers to believe the vehicles were in park when exiting, only to have the vehicles roll away. The automaker said the defect may have contributed to dozens of injuries.
Contact Our Los Angeles Fiat Chrysler Defect Attorneys
At CAA – TheLemonFirm.com, our lemon law attorneys have a proven history of winning claims against Fiat Chrysler on behalf of our clients. If your Fiat Chrysler car, sedan, SUV, truck or minivan has been in the shop for repeated repairs of the same defect, we can help you obtain significant compensation.
Under the California Lemon Law, the automaker is required to provide you with a replacement vehicle or a refund of the purchase price. In addition, you may also be entitled to attorneys’ fees and legal costs, which means you pay nothing to us until we recover for you. Finally, if we determine that Fiat Chrysler willfully violated the state’s lemon law, you may be awarded damages of up to two times the purchase price of your vehicle. When you work with CCA, you can rest assured knowing that your lemon law claim is being handled by the State’s foremost lemon law team. Please contact our office to speak with our experienced lemon law attorneys at no cost to you: (833) LEMON-FIRM.
The Lemon Firm helps consumers with Chrysler lemon law claims throughout California including Los Angeles County, Kern County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and Ventura County.