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

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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/

 

Activist Judges Throw Out Six Million Dollar Jury Verdict Awarded to Grieving Floridian

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Activist Judges Throw Out Six Million Dollar Jury Verdict Awarded to Grieving Floridian The pain caused by the loss of a parent cannot be objectively measured.  For that reason, Florida law has long entrusted ordinary citizens to call upon their common sense and experience to determine a fair award in wrongful death actions involving a […]

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Takata Agrees to Plead Guilty & Pay $1 Billion as Massive Recall Expands

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Takata to Pay $1 Billion as Massive Recall Continues to Expand The largest automotive recall in U.S. history continues to grow as regulators say more than 20 million dangerous Takata airbag inflators remain on American roads.  It is now estimated that 42 million vehicles, equipped with around 70 million defective Takata inflators, will be recalled […]

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VW Emissions Scandal Update; $4.3 Billion Settlement, Six Executives Indicted

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VW Emissions Scandal Update; $4.3 Billion Settlement, Six Executives Indicted The second week of January was not kind to Volkswagen (VW). The German automaker has agreed to plead guilty to charges brought by U.S. Authorities, including conspiracy to commit wire fraud, deceiving U.S. consumers, and violating the Clean Air Act. The guilty plea came with […]

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

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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 the […]

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Volkswagen Admits to Installing Alleged “Defeat Device” Software in 11 Million Vehicles

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Volkswagen, the world’s largest automaker, has now admitted to installing software which appears to have been designed to cheat federal emissions tests in 11 million vehicles.  The affected vehicles were marketed as “clean diesel” automobiles, and consumers who purchased the vehicles were promised both a “green driving” experience and great fuel economy. In light of […]

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After Handling Of Recalls, Toyota To Pay $32.4 Million In Fines

CNN reports that “Toyota has agreed to pay more than $32 million in penalties after two federal investigations that faulted the Japanese automaker for its handling of recent auto recalls.” This announcement came from the U.S. Transportation Department this past Monday.

According to CNN, the Transportation Department announced these fines “are the steepest allowed by law.” The news source explains the two fines add up to $32.4 million, with one at $16.375 million and the other totaling $16.05 million.

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BP Oil Spill Class Action Suit Filed in Birmingham

The impact of the April 20th Deepwater Horizon explosion continues to reverberate as its resulting oil spill expands across the Southern Gulf. Initial lawsuits were soon filed on behalf of BP and Transocean workers killed or maimed in the explosion. In early May, a proposed class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Birmingham on behalf of property owners, including a Shelby, Alabama man and a Jefferson County company whose properties in Gulf Shores lie directly in the path of the oncoming slick.

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Cancer Cluster Case First Class Action Brought Against Pratt & Whitney

A group of families in Palm Beach County, Florida, filed a class action lawsuit in February against defense contractor Pratt & Whitney, alleging that the company is responsible for a cancer cluster in the Acreage, a local pastoral community. This is the first class action lawsuit filed regarding the accusations against Pratt & Whitney, however more families are coming forward and more lawsuits and litigation are expected. This initial lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach and is asking to seek damages for more than 10,000 homeowners and residents.

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Kugel Hernia Patch Lawsuits Beginning in Court Next Week

Composix Kugel will see the first of roughly 3,000 lawsuits against the company in federal court this week, involving allegations that the mesh hernia patch was defective and has led to serious injuries. The opening case in a string of lawsuits involves a Missouri man who suffered severe internal injuries allegedly as a result of the mesh patch. The suit involving plaintiff John Whitfield will be presided over by Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi in the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island.

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