Six Chrysler owners have filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against the automaker in U.S. District Court of New Jersey alleging that a defect in the sunroofs causes them to leak.
Vehicles covered in the lawsuit include the Jeep Patriot, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Compass, Jeep Commander, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler Town and Country and Chrysler 300. The model years are 2009 to present.
“When class members brought their vehicles into Chrysler dealers for repairs of the leaking sunroofs, Chrysler did not disclose that the vehicles’ sunroofs leaked because of design errors, faulty materials, substandard installation and inadequate sealing practices and/or manufacturing defects,” attorneys for the plaintiffs alleged.
The plaintiffs include David Cox of Ohio, Melissa Doherty of Massachusetts, Teresa Hughes of Texas, Anthony Lombardo of New York, Andrew Manesis of New Jersey and Michael Newcomb of Massachusetts. They seek to represent themselves and all others similarly situated.
Cox claims he purchased a 2010 Jeep Patriot from Dave Dennis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Beavercreek, Ohio, in September 2010.
“Within one year of purchase and when the vehicle had approximately 10,000 miles on it, plaintiff Cox’s vehicle began leaking from the sunroof damaging the radio in the vehicle,” according to court documents. “Plaintiff Cox brought his vehicle in to the Chrysler dealer’s service department to service the sunroof leak immediately. The Chrysler dealer replaced the radio and cleaned out the sunroof drain tubes. However, the sunroof has leaked several times since the first attempted repair, once again damaging the radio display and causing electrical malfunctions in the sunroof. Thus, on June 26, 2013, plaintiff Cox brought the vehicle in to the Chrysler service department again to service the sunroof leak. However, Chrysler refused to repair the sunroof leak under the warranty stating that clogged drain tubes is a maintenance problem. As a result, plaintiff Cox continues to observe water leaking into and through the sunroof and interior dome light that has resulted in electrical problems, a noticeable musty or moldy smell and water damage to the interior of his vehicle.”
As for Doherty, she claims her 2011 Jeep Liberty had an issue in 2013 when it had approximately 30,000 miles on it and was within the three-year, 36,000-mile warranty.
“Plaintiff Doherty contacted a local Chrysler dealer to notify them that her 2011 Liberty repeatedly leaked water from the sunroof and inquired about having the Chrysler dealer fix the leaking sunroof,” according to court documents. “The representative from the Chrysler dealer stated that the drain tubes are most likely clogged due to ‘environmental issues’ and it would cost plaintiff Doherty over $100 to have the drain tubes cleared out. The Chrysler representative stated that ‘environmental issues’ are not covered under the warranty.”
Attorneys claim the alleged defect manifested during the warranty period for all plaintiffs.
Plaintiffs are seeking contractual, restitutionary and statutory damages, in addition to injunctive and equitable relief and attorneys’ fees.
Attorneys noted that this isn’t the first time these allegations were made against Chrysler.
“The facts and allegations contained within this class action complaint previously were the subject of the matter Miller versus Chrysler Group LLC. … The case was administratively dismissed pursuant to the stipulation of parties regarding termination of cases for purposes of refiling. … The terms of the stipulation are incorporated in this class action complaint,” according to the attorneys.