Dodge is one of many types of vehicles manufactured by Fiat Chrysler. The company’s slogans and marketing portray Dodge vehicles as tough, dependable, and resilient. However, many Dodge owners know that these vehicles can present chronic and irreparable problems; they’re not immune to making lemon cars.
What Dodge does not advertise is the numerous recalls issued due to vehicle defects or the consumer complaints regarding problems with their cars and trucks. Many current Dodge owners, however, know about these recalls, especially one of the largest recalls issued in the United States. In May 2018, Fiat Chrysler issued a recall for about 4.8 million vehicles, including many Dodge vehicles. The recall resulted from a dangerous cruise control defect. When drivers engage cruise control on these vehicles, stepping on the brakes may not disengage the cruise control as it should. Disengaging the cruise control is critical if a driver needs to slow down or stop to make turns or avoid hitting other cars or obstacles. If a driver does engage cruise control and cannot turn it off, the driver must put the car in neutral for the brakes to work. Once the vehicle is in park, the cruise control will disengage. Fiat Chrysler advised all owners of affected cars and trucks to stop using their cruise control until they bring their vehicles in for repair.
This is a highly dangerous defect of which many owners may not know. In addition, there is no guarantee that the manufacturer can properly fix the problem on the first try.
Look up recall instructions immediately if you own any of the following Dodge vehicles:
- 2014-18 Dodge Charger sedan
- 2015-18 Dodge Challenger coupe
- 2014-18 Dodge Durango SUV
- 2014-18 Dodge Journey CUV
- 2014-18 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup
- 2014-18 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup
- 2014-19 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup
- 2014-18 Dodge Ram 3500 cab chassis
If you think your vehicle was subject to this recall, check your VIN at the recall site provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) right away.
Even if your car or truck is not part of this recall, you may still experience other serious problems with your Dodge. Some other makes and models known for issues include:
- 2013 to 2017 Dodge Ram trucks
- 2014 to 2016 Dodge Durango
- 2013 to 2016 Dodge Caravan
Owners of these vehicles are complaining that their vehicles have transmission problems. Symptoms include, but may not be limited to: leaks, check engine light malfunctions, slipping, overheating, harsh shifts, jerking, stuck in gear, and jolts. If you took your vehicle to the shop multiple times for these concerns, contact us and we will let you know if your vehicle might qualify under the lemon law.
One particularly troublesome Dodge vehicle is the Ram 1500 pickup truck. Owners complain about many different problems involving:
- Electrical problems
- Engine problems
- Transmission problems
- Brake problems
- Drivetrain problems
- Exhaust system problems
- Fuel system problems
- Cooling system problems
- Suspension problems
- Steering problems
Any of the above can put drivers at risk of accidents or prevent them from driving their vehicles altogether. Many of these issues continue to persist even after multiple trips to the repair shop. These are only some reasons why Dodge vehicles can often qualify as lemons under California law and why you should seek legal advice from a lemon law attorney as quickly as possible.
Your Rights as a California Lemon Owner
While California lemon laws provide important legal rights for consumers, these complex laws can easily confuse most people. You cannot simply claim that your car is a lemon and expect the manufacturer to respond. Instead, you must follow the requirements and procedures set out by law, including providing proof that your vehicle is, in fact, a lemon. That’s where a lemon law attorney comes in.
What is a lemon car? The law determines when a car is a lemon in different ways. First, your vehicle must have a substantial defect that an approved shop cannot repair. The repair shop must have a reasonable number of opportunities to repair the vehicle, and what the law considers reasonable depends on the type of defect. In addition, a law may deem a vehicle a lemon if you must go without access to the vehicle for a certain number of days due to repair attempts.
Always have our experienced lemon law lawyer review the details of your situation to advise you as to whether your car qualifies as a lemon.
If you can prove you own a lemon, your attorney can notify the manufacturer and request relief on your behalf. Relief can come in different forms, including:
- Buyback of the lemon – In these cases, the manufacturer agrees to issue a refund in exchange for you turning in your lemon. The refund should include the balance of your auto loan or lease, all payments you made toward the loan or lease, the down payment, and any collateral costs, such as rental cars or tow trucks.
- Replacing your vehicle – The manufacturer may also take your lemon and replace it with a vehicle that is substantially similar to the vehicle you purchased, minus the defects.
- Cash settlement – The manufacturer may tell you to keep the lemon—which you can then sell, trade in, or keep as you choose—and issue a cash settlement for the costs of owning the lemon, including financial expenses and inconvenience.
Manufacturers rarely agree to any of the above simply because you request it. Instead, have a skilled lemon law lawyer handle your claim for you. Used car lemon laws might apply if you purchased a lemon from a dealer and it still had a warranty.
Contact a Knowledgeable California Lemon Law Lawyer as Soon as Possible
Too many people continue to drive lemons and deal with the many stresses of car breakdowns and repair attempts because they do not understand their rights under the law. If you wait until your warranty expires, you may lose the right to a buyback, cash settlement, or a replacement vehicle under the lemon law. If you are experiencing chronic problems with your Dodge—or any type of car, truck, or motorhome under warranty—please do not hesitate to call California lemon law attorney Sotera L. Anderson to discuss your options. Our office regularly helps consumers exercise their rights under the lemon laws, and we can help relieve the stress of constant car troubles in many cases. Please call for a free case evaluation at 1-855-96-(LEMON) or use our online contact form today.