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Alleged Valve Stem Defect Leads to Class Action Lawsuit Against Fiat Chrysler

Alleged Valve Stem Defect Leads to Class Action Lawsuit Against Fiat Chrysler

Alleged Valve Stem Defect Leads to Class Action Lawsuit Against Fiat Chrysler

Seven consumers from four states (NY, NJ, OH, MI) have collectively filed a putative class action lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) over an alleged defect in some of their vehicle’s tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York on behalf of all potentially affected owners in the four states, alleges that FCA has “concealed a known safety defect from its customers.” The plaintiffs named in the suit contend that a defective valve stem in the TPMS can corrode and fail without warning. The lawsuit alleges that when the valve fails it can cause the tire to suddenly lose significant pressure while in motion “akin to a tire blow out.” Several of the plaintiffs claim that their tires suddenly lost air while they were driving, causing them to lose control of their vehicle.

The lawsuit claims that all seven plaintiffs “suffered harm as a result of Chrysler’s decision not to disclose the TPMS defect.” The faulty valve stems have allegedly been found in several of FCA’s 2010 model year vehicles, including the Chrysler Town & Country, the Jeep Liberty, the Dodge Grand Caravan, and the Dodge Journey. The lawsuit states that more than 160 complaints of corroding valve stems in Chrysler vehicles can be found on the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) database going back at least six years. But despite these numerous defect complaints, the lawsuit alleges that the automaker “actively concealed and/or failed to notify the public of the existence and nature of said defect.”

The suit also contends that the replacement valves, integral to the TPMS, have “often been on nationwide backorder” due to the commonality of this problem. When working properly, the TPMS is supposed to relay real time tire pressure information back to the driver. After the massive Firestone tire recall two decades ago, which led to more than 100 deaths, a federal law was put into place guaranteeing a TPMS in every vehicle less than 10,000 pounds by the end of 2008. The lawsuit alleges that FCA has “recognized the risk” by replacing many corroded valve stems with “a new rubberized part that was less likely to corrode,” yet no recall has ever been made.

FCA is also facing additional class action lawsuits brought earlier this month over their alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. On the heels of VW’s massive diesel emissions scandal, the EPA accused FCA of similar acts. And despite the automaker’s firm denials, class action lawsuits have been filed in both U.S. and Canadian courts over their 3.0-liter diesel engines found in 2014 to 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2014 to 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks. Authorities believe that more than 100,000 vehicles could be affected, which could cost FCA more than $4 billion in fines from the EPA alone.

As for the valve stem class action lawsuit, in addition to damages the plaintiffs want FCA to inspect and replace all failed valve stems in their four states.

To report a problem with the NHTSA visit: https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/

 

Proposed Class Action Alleges BMW “Comfort Access” Unintentionally Locks Doors

Proposed Class Action Alleges BMW “Comfort Access” Unintentionally Locks Doors

BMW X5 “Comfort Access” Putative Class Action Moves Forward   Comfort Access Case: Quick Facts Case: Myers v. BMW of North America, LLC et al Case Number: 3:16-cv-00412 Court: California Northern Nature of Suit: Potential Class Action Lawsuit Date Filed: January 24, 2016 Companies Involved: BMW of North America LLC Vehicles Involved: BMW X5   What is […]

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Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti QX 60 Class Action Lawsuit

Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti QX 60 Class Action Lawsuit

Newsome Melton is currently litigating a class action lawsuit regarding alleged defects in 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinders and 2014 Infiniti QX60s.  The Plaintiffs allege that the continuously variable transmissions (“CVTs”) installed in the Pathfinders and QX60s are “prone to causing sudden, unexpected shaking and violent jerking,” a condition referred to as “shudder” or “judder.”  They further […]

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SCOTUS Slams the Courthouse Doors on Another Consumer Class Action in Latest Arbitration Decision

SCOTUS Slams the Courthouse Doors on Another Consumer Class Action in Latest Arbitration Decision

Mandatory arbitration provisions, contractual clauses which prevent consumers from exercising their right to a jury trial or pursuing claims on a class basis, have become an unavoidable trap over the last several years.  Powerful corporations bury these provisions in their form adhesion contracts, which consumers must agree to in order to obtain most of the […]

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Judge Rules Toyota Must Face Class-Action Suits

Judge Rules Toyota Must Face Class-Action Suits

A U.S. judge has ruled that Toyota Motor Corp. must face the class-action lawsuits car owners have filed against the company, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. This decision finalizes “a tentative ruling issued Nov. 19,” the article explains.

U.S. District Judge James V. Selna made the ruling, rejecting Toyota’s request to have the case dismissed, Bloomberg reports. The car company sought this dismissal by claiming “the plaintiffs failed to plead specific losses or identify an actual defect,” according to the news source.

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New Class Action Suit Claims DePuy Deceived Patients

New Class Action Suit Claims DePuy Deceived Patients

On September 30, 2010, a new class action lawsuit was filed against DePuy in the U.S. District Court for the Northen District of Ohio. The most recent suit alleges that the company is deliberately deceiving patients and misleading them to believe they will be refunded the price of surgery and the hip replacement, as well as other associated medical costs.

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Depuy Class Action Lawsuits Have International Reach

Depuy Class Action Lawsuits Have International Reach

An article in the Irish Times earlier this month reported that a growing number of Irish citizens affected by the recent Depuy ASR Hip Recalls have been considering filing lawsuits against the company. Patients and many legal teams across the US already involved in the Depuy ASR Lawsuit claim the company has known about the defects in its products for years before the recall initiated two months ago.

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Australian Joins DePuy ASR Hip Recall Class Action Lawsuit

Australian Joins DePuy ASR Hip Recall Class Action Lawsuit

Sixty-six-year-old Bob Lugton of Brisbane, Australia recently became the first Aussie to join the Depuy Class Action Lawsuit i nthe United States. In August of 2010, Johnson & Johnson’s Depuy Orthopedics initiated a recall of two models of the company’s ASR hip replacement devices. Over 93,000 people worldwide have the recalled devices implanted, a Sydney Morning Herald article reported.

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South Florida Residents File Class Action Lawsuit Against BP

South Florida Residents File Class Action Lawsuit Against BP

Tar patties and tar balls washed up on the Florida Panhandle shoreline recently, indicating that BP PLC’s latest attempt to seal off its ruptured wellhead wasn’t as effective as the company had hoped. The British Broadcasting Company reported that Admiral Thad Allen, the U.S. Coast Guard’s national incident commander, stated approximately 1,000 barrels of a day were currently being captured, but the total flow of leaking oil was approximately 12,000 to 19,000 barrels each day.

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