Does Your Chrysler have Chronic Defects? Call Us for Help Today
All types of cars have the possibility of being a lemon. Sometimes, there is one bad “lemon” in the bunch while in other situations, chronic defects can be frequent and widespread across an entire model of car. Unfortunately, if you purchased a car from Fiat Chrysler recently, you may have a lemon on your hands.
In May 2018, Fiat Chrysler announced one of the most substantial vehicle recalls ever issued in the United States. Close to 5 million vehicles distributed and sold by the manufacturer could have a dangerous defect related to cruise control. Specifically, the defect may not allow a driver to cancel the cruise control when they need to slow down or stop due to traffic, turns, or other obstacles. All drivers of affected vehicles should immediately stop using the cruise control feature and if a driver does encounter this problem, they would have to switch the vehicle into neutral to effectively brake and then put the vehicle in park to turn off the cruise control.
Having uncontrollable cruise control can be frightening and extremely dangerous. The recall involves the following vehicles manufactured by Fiat Chrysler:
- 2017-18 Chrysler Pacifica minivan
- 2014-18 Chrysler 300 sedan
- 2015-17 Chrysler 200 sedan
- 2014-18 Dodge Charger sedan
- 2015-18 Dodge Challenger coupe
- 2014-18 Dodge Durango SUV
- 2014-18 Dodge Journey CUV
- 2014-18 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV
- 2014-18 Jeep Cherokee SUV
- 2018 Jeep Wrangler
- 2014-18 Ram 2500 pickup
- 2014-18 Ram 3500 pickup
- 2014-19 Ram 1500 pickup
- 2014-18 Ram 3500 cab chassis
The above is not the only issue consumers have had with Chrysler vehicles in recent years:
2018 Chrysler Pacifica van – The manufacturer issued four different recalls since this vehicle hit the market involving unintentional vehicle movement, cruise control, and defective vehicle equipment. This means that owners of new Pacificas may have had to bring their cars into the dealer four different times in the last year for defects. NHTSA also reports 42 complaints regarding safety issues with the 2018 Pacifica.
2013-2016 Chrysler 200 – Owners of Chrysler 200 are complaining that their vehicles have transmission problems. Symptoms include, but may not be limited to: shifting problems, jerking, slipping, leaks, revving, shifts rough, stalling, no start condition.
2013-2016 Chrysler Town and Country – Owners of the Town & Country are complaining that their vehicles have various problems. Symptoms include, but may not be limited to: clunk noises, knocking noise, stalling, hesitation.
Often, when a vehicle has one major defect that leads to a recall, there may be one or more additional recalls down the line. Also, some manufacturers believe they know how to fix a widespread issue, only to later learn that the safety risks persist and consumers must return to the dealer for more repair attempts.
If your vehicle has been to the shop multiple times for these types of concerns, contact us and we will let you know if your vehicle’s history might qualify under the lemon law.
Your Rights Under California Lemon Law
It can be unnerving to learn that the vehicle you trust with your family’s safety has a major defect that could result in crashes, injury, or death. Some people get their cars repaired on the first try and under warranty, at no cost to them but the inconvenient trip to the dealer. Other vehicle owners may have this same frightening and frustrating experience over and over again.
A “lemon” is a vehicle that has a substantial defect that a dealer cannot repair, despite numerous attempts. Constantly experiencing car troubles, dealing with tow trucks and rental cars, only to experience the trouble yet again in a few weeks or months can be exhausting and stressful. Consumers should not have to deal with this situation, and California’s Lemon Law gives you important rights to take action in this type of situation.
Steps to Take With Your Fiat Chrysler
If your car is subject to the above recall, follow all instructions provided by the manufacturer. If you experience other issues with your vehicle while it is still under warranty, take it to the dealer for a repair. If the problem persists, make sure not to ignore the issue – take your car back to the dealer for another repair attempt. Keep close records of each time you take your car in for repairs and the time you did not have your vehicle.
If a repair facility has made numerous attempts and still cannot fix the problem, contact our California Lemon Law attorney as soon as possible. We will evaluate your situation and advise you whether you have rights under the Lemon Laws. We can then take the necessary legal action against the manufacturer to get you relief from the stresses of owning a lemon. Depending on the situation, the law entitles lemon owners to one of the following:
- A refund and buyback of the vehicle
- A replacement vehicle that is substantially similar (without the defects, hopefully)
- A cash settlement
As you can imagine, companies are not usually willing to hand over new vehicles or sums of cash to consumers. Manufacturers may try to avoid liability or deny the vehicle is a lemon. You need the right legal assistance to make this process go as smoothly as possible so you can move forward with your life—and without a lemon.
Learn How Our California Fiat Chrysler Lemon Law Attorney Can Help You
Our California Lemon Law Attorney at the Law Offices of Sotera L. Anderson is keeping an eye on new developments with Fiat Chrysler vehicles. If you would like to discuss your rights regarding any type of vehicle that is a possible lemon, please don’t wait any longer to call 1-855-96-(LEMON) or provide information about your situation via our online contact form. Case evaluations are free, and we never receive payment unless we are successful in your case.