Chrysler’s Leaky Sunroof Class Action Lawsuit Ends

The ongoing class action lawsuit between David Cox and Chrysler has been settled. According to U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni’s order, Fiat Chrysler automobiles (FCA) has agreed to pay attorney’s fees, costs and an incentive reward separately from the class member’s injunctive relief.

According to Judge Bongiovanni, the class members (plaintiffs) will be awarded $350,000 for attorneys’ fees and $128,873.79 for costs. The Court also approved the $4,000 incentive award that will be paid by FCA and given to Cox.

The lawsuit against Chrysler, was filed in 2014 by Cox, who alleged the manufacturer was negligent in disclosing to owners that regular maintenance is needed on the sunroof drain tubes of affected vehicles. The Jeep Patriot, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Compass, Jeep Commander, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler Town and Country and Chrysler 300, from model years 2009 to present were named in the class action complaint.

Both parties came close to a settlement in November 2019. However there were additional motion hearings prior to the final settlement being ordered. FCA previously stated it has no objections to the financial relief the plaintiffs sought after.

Background

In his class action complaint, Cox stated that he had owned a 2010 Jeep Patriot for less than a year before the sunroof began leaking, which damaged the interior.

“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,” a portion of his complaint reads.

According to court documents, Cox’s sunroof continued to leak after the dealer cleaned out the sunroof drain tubes. In June 2013 Cox brought his vehicle into the Chrysler service department again. This time Chrysler allegedly refused to repair the sunroof leak under the warranty. It stated that clogged drain tubes is a maintenance problem and does not fall under its warranty.

According to the class action complaint, Cox claims he was never told by Chrysler that the vehicle’s sunroof drain tubes would need routine maintenance. Chrysler responded by denying most of the allegations that were made against the company.

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4 Responses to Chrysler’s Leaky Sunroof Class Action Lawsuit Ends

  1. Kent Irving says:

    My 2014 Chrysler T&C van had a leaky sunroof. After talking with my local dealer they informed me that the original drainage tubes were too small. The tubes were replaced with larger tubes that eliminated the problem.

  2. I have a 2008 Jeep Liberty Sport that I purchased from Chrysler of Culpeper,that has a sunroof that I took in to be fix several times for a leaking sunroof ,which they claimed they fixed .On my last trip there the Service manager told me that the “leak guy”that was working for them wasn’t doing his job so they fired him.I was told to bring my car back and they would “have a look at it” when I went to pick it up all they were worried about was the cost,even though I had an extended warranty will guess what was told that wouldn’t be covered which it had been covering the cost each time I took it for leaking so I now have a car in great condition that I can only use when the sun is shining and have to keep a cover over it when it calls for rain I love my jeep but would never buy another one I don’t want to trade it in bc of the low mileage and in such good condition I just want it fixed I hope this letter makes it to Chrysler of Culpeper

  3. Brandy says:

    I have a 2008 Jeep Liberty that I purchased approx. 5 years ago. Sadly, I was unaware of the issues that were to come with the SkySlider. I was so excited about it too and no more than 3 months into ownership did I begin to discover the endless issues. I would really like to know more about the class action lawsuit and if there is any assistance that I might be able to get in some kind of repair. The slider stop closing and I have had to manually shut it as it is off of the track (again) and I no longer can drive on the highway because it tends to lift of the body whenever I’m going to fast (as in the speed limit of 65-75). Which makes it extremely difficult to travel any reasonable distance. I do not have the money to fix it or make a new purchase. COVID has made sure of that. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks much for your time.

  4. Dana Massat says:

    I have a 2008 Jeep commander Overland that leaks from every window door crack opening

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