Posts tagged Chrysler
Chrysler Pacifica Transmission Problems

2017 Chrysler Pacifica owners are still experiencing issues with the factory equipped transmission installed. Complaints range from harsh shifting, not shifting into park, hesitations, lunges and noise emanating from teh transmission. Chrysler recently researched TSB 18-054-17, which is accessible here.

The TSB, titled “Flash: Powertrain Diagnostic and System Enhancements”. In it, it says:

Customers may experience a Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) illumination. Upon further investigation, a technician may find one or more of the following Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) have been set:

  • U1431 - Implausible Data Received From Cruise Control Module.

  • P24B9 - EVAP System Leak Detection Pump Pressure Sensor Circuit Range/Performance.

  • P0300 - Multiple Cylinder Misfire.

  • P1C64-00 - Hybrid Perf Engine Speed Below Target During Autostart

If you're in California and you’ve taken your Chrysler Pacifica to a dealership for issues above, from transmission issues, electrical issues or any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU! Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you! Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

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Fiat Chrysler’s Attempt to Dismiss Emissions-Cheating Case Fails

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on Chrysler's attempt to escape a class action lawsuit against the auto manufacturer.  This is remarkably similar to the Volkswagen Diesel-gate issue that occurred two years ago, where VW knowingly skirted federal emission rules.  In relevant part, the WSJ says: 

A federal judge late Thursday denied Fiat Chrysler’s motion to dismiss a civil case in California, ruling that owners of more than 100,000 2014-2016 Ram pickup trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-utility vehicles with diesel engines can proceed to trial on claims the company cheated U.S. emissions tests and allowed its automobiles to pollute more than 20 times beyond legal limits. Vehicle owners allege they paid thousands of dollars above gasoline-powered models for Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles that were improperly deemed environmentally friendly

Full article can be found here.  

If you're in California and you’ve taken your Dodge Ram or Jeep Grand Cherokee to a dealership for issues above, from emissions issues to catalytic converter problems, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

 

 

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Another 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Class Action filed regarding stalling

I just noticed that I wrote about the Chrysler Pacifica four times, namely:

And now an entirely different class action lawsuit has been filed by a firm in Florida alleging "the engines stall without warning."

Per Car Complaints: 

The plaintiff claims more than 160,000 model year 2017 Pacifica drivers and their passengers are unaware they are traveling in a minivan that can suddenly lose all engine power while driving at any speed. Based on this, the plaintiff says the engine problems cause serious safety hazards to all on the roads.

The lawsuit alleges the automaker has concealed the engine defects and even when dealers make repairs, the parts are replaced with the same defective parts that caused the engine problems in the first place.

The automaker said the engine control modules can misinterpret the operating status of the engines and cause them to stall. Dealers have been told to update the engine control software to allegedly fix the problem.

FCA recalled the minivans after a customer and the Center for Auto Safety petitioned the government to investigate customer complaints about engines that stalled.

The Chrysler Pacifica engine problems lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida - Barbara Vaughn et al., v. FCA US LLC.

If you're in California you’ve taken your Chrysler Pacifica to a dealership for issues relating to stalling (or any other concern), we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

 

 

 

Jeep Renegade and Cherokee Transmission Problems

After some research, it appears that there have been more than a few complaints regarding Jeep and Chrysler vehicles equipped with ZF 9HP Automatic Transmissions ("9-speed transmissions"), These vehicles include, but are not limited to, the following Jeep and Chrysler models:

  • 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee
  • 2015 Chrysler 200
  • 2015 Jeep Renegade.

Complaints revolve around the fact the vehicles contain defects that cause rough, delayed, or sudden shifting or failure to shift; grinding or other loud noises during shifting; harsh engagement of gears; sudden or harsh accelerations/decelerations; sudden loss of power; premature transmission wear; and potentially, transmission failure

If you're in California and you’ve taken your Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Renegade or Chrysler 200 to a dealership for issues above, from engine stalling, transmission and/or steering issues, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

 

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Chrysler Pacifica Recall issued..... after class action lawsuit filed

On January 5, 2018 I wrote about a class action lawsuit filed that covered 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacificas and an alleged engine stalling defect.  Eight (8!) days later, Chrysler issued a recall for 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacificas for...... a stalling defect!  From Autoblog:

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Friday it was recalling more than 162,000 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans because a software glitch may cause the vehicles to stall.

The Italian-American automaker said one accident had potentially been linked to the defect. Under a rare set of conditions, a vehicle's engine control module may incorrectly assess the engine's operating status and cause it to stall, Fiat Chrysler said.

Dealers will update the engine control software, the company said, adding that most incidents associated with the glitch took place at low speeds or when the vehicles were starting up.

The Center for Auto Safety, a consumer advocacy group, petitioned the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in November to investigate the issue after it said at least 50 owners had reported stalling in new Pacifica minivans. The agency asked Fiat Chrysler to answer questions about the stalling last month.

Fiat Chrysler said it had begun investigating the issue before the petition was filed.

The recall includes nearly 154,000 vehicles in the United States and more than 8,000 others around the world, but the company did not immediately say when the new software would be available.

Hybrid gas-electric versions of the minivans are not included in the recall.

I consider this a win for consumers!

Chrysler Pacifica Class Action Lawsuit Filed

A few weeks ago I wrote about NHTSA beginning a investigation into the 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacifica with persistent engine stalling and now a class action lawsuit was recently filed.

The complaint alleges the 2017 and 2018 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and 9-speed 948TE automatic transmissions contain a design defect that causes the vehicles to stall at high speeds without warning.

While the issue here lies with engine stalling, the 948TE transmission in Pacificas has proven to be quite troublesome and is featured in Acura, Fiat, Honda, Jeep, and Dodge Ram vehicles.

A copy of the complaint can be found here.

The Chrysler Pacifica engine stall lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California - Ryan and Sarah Wildin, et al., v. FCA US, LLC. 3:17-cv-02594.  

 If you're in California and you’ve taken your Chrysler Pacifica to a dealership for issues above, from transmission issues, electrical issues or any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU! Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you! Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

1.5 million Ram trucks recalled to fix shifter problem

Per Consumer Reports, Chrysler is recalling 1.5 million mostly heavy-duty RAM pickups to fix a part that could allow the truck to shift out of park and roll without depressing the brake pedal.

Chrysler says tests revealed that the interlock, which is supposed to keep the transmission from shifting out of park without the driver's foot on the brake and without a key in the ignition, may malfunction if subjected to high temperatures for long periods. The recall is limited to vehicles equipped with shifters mounted on the steering columns; those with rotary-dial shifters or floor-mounted shifters aren't affected, and model-year 2017 trucks built after Dec. 31, 2016, are excluded.

Trucks covered by the recall are certain

  • 2010-2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups
  • 2011-2017 Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs
  • 2016 and 2017 Ram 3500 chassis cabs of less than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.

Some 2009 through 2017 Ram 1500 pickups are also included in the recall. 

Chrysler says it’s “aware of seven potentially related injuries and a small number of potentially related accidents.” Chrysler recommends that customers always use parking brakes and not leave children unattended in parked cars.

NHTSA opens investigation into 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into complaints of stalling in 2017 Chrysler Pacificas.  In their own words, NHTSA says they'll open an investigation if "... enough consumers contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and file a report about the same problem with the same type of vehicle, the NHTSA may decide to open an investigation."  This can ultimately lead to a recall of those cars.  

The opening investigation report can be found here.

If you’ve taken your Chrysler Pacifica to a dealership for issues relating to stalling (or any other concern), we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

 

Chrysler is recalling approximately 50,000 Pacifica minivans

Per the NHTSA recall notice

Summary

Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles equipped with the 8-passenger seating option. In certain passenger seating and vehicle situations, the second-row center seating position seat belt buckle could cause the left outboard seat belt to become unlatched.

Remedy

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will install a shorter second-row seat belt buckle, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 20, 2017. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is T54.

New 2012-2017 Jeep Wrangler Radiator Class Action

A new automobile class action case was filed in New York regarding 2012-2017 Jeep Wrangler vehicles titled Malizia et. al. v. FCA US, LLC.  In this class action, plaintiffs allege that the Class Vehicles have a systemic heater defect that causes premature failure of the cooling system.  

According to the Jeep class action, Fiat Chrysler uses two different methods (sand-casting and die-casting) to manufacture components of Jeep Wrangler’s Pentastar engines. Combining these two components causes sand to build-up in the radiator, leading to failure of other systems.  Fiat Chrysler has already issued a warranty extension (x56) for certain Pentastar engines in 2014 due to issues with those engines.  That warranty extension is accessible here.  

The plaintiffs seek to represent a nationwide Class of consumers who purchased or leased a 2012-2017 Jeep Wrangler, as well as a New York subclass for violations of state law. The Jeep class action alleges that Fiat Chrysler breached express and implied warranties and was negligent in allowing the defective components into their vehicles.

If you’ve taken your 2012-2017 Jeep Wrangler to a dealership issues that were covered under the manufacturer's warranty, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!