Leaky Times: Readers Respond to Class Action Lawsuit Against Chrysler

A class action lawsuit between David Cox and Chrysler that settled in September 2020 garnered various responses from car owners who read glassBYTEs.com and continues to do so.

According to a judge’s order, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) agreed to pay attorney’s fees, costs, and an incentive reward separately from the class member’s injunctive relief.

Class members will be awarded $350,000 for attorneys’ fees and $128,873.79 for costs, as well as a $4,000 incentive award to Cox paid by FCA.

Comments from car owners were wide and varied. Kent Irving said his 2014 Chrysler Town and Country van’s sunroof leaked. He talked with a local dealer and was told the drainage tubes were too small, so they were replaced with larger tubes “that eliminated the problem.”

Melinda T. Sorrell bought a 2008 Jeep Liberty Sport in Culpeper County which she had fixed several times. She says the dealership was only worried about the cost to fix the sunroof after she took it one time and suddenly the leak was not under warranty. “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,” she said online. “I love my jeep but would never buy another one.”

Three others commented on their Jeep models having sunroof leaks, including Maria Bowers who said her vehicle is growing mold inside and she will never buy another Jeep.

Cox filed the suit in 2014 alleging that the manufacturer was negligent in disclosing to vehicle owners the importance of regular maintenance on the sunroof drain tubes of affected Chryslers, including the Jeep Patriot, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Compass, Jeep Commander, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler Town and Country and Chrysler 300, from 2009 to 2020.

A settlement was reached in November 2019, but additional motion hearings were ordered.

Cox owned a 2010 Jeep Patriot for less than a year when the sunroof began to leak and damage the interior of the vehicle. Court documents state that after the dealer cleaned out the sunroof drain tubes, the leak continued. Cox returned the vehicle to Chrysler for service in June 2013, but the car company allegedly refused to repair the leak under warranty.

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3 Responses to Leaky Times: Readers Respond to Class Action Lawsuit Against Chrysler

  1. In 2006 I purchased a Chrysler 300 touring from the chrysler dealership along is Laura dealership along with a brand new chrysler Mopar Max care warranty contract.. Between 2006 and up until this year this year I had 0 problems with getting parts which wore out and broke which were covered under warranty replaced.. However I recently as 3 months ago brought my Chrysler 300 into a chrysler dealership to investigate sounds coming from underneath the vehicle. The Chrysler dealer certified ais certified ASE mechanic determined that there were numerous it was parts that were covered under that warranty which needed replacement. Because the cost was higher than what the vehicle is currently worth but it is currently worth Chrysler Mo park dispatched a is batched a 3rd party to investigate to the gate the reported repairs needed.. No par would not honor the contract for the defective parts which are supposed to be replaced under the warranty… If the reason I was given by a telephone person to person was that the vehicle was too old, And it was not cost effective for Mo part to replace those parts or authorized the replacement of those parts. My Max care warranty is good Until 999999 miles. And that’s because their computers do not go any higher than that. I currently have 250000 miles on the vehicle and I and I am the sole owner of that vehicle from the time it was purchased brand new.. I need a class action attorney and I don’t know where to go to get one. I am willing to fly anywhere in this country to sit down with an attorney and present all the paperwork which I currently have in my possession regarding this that you regarding this situation. Is for a text message my phone number is 3053325340 if there’s an attorney out there who is hungry and willing to give me an opportunity to present my case.

  2. Rochelle Washington says:

    I own a 2008 jeep liberty…it’s been leaking, it won’t close properly.i can’t drive it on the high way because it will blow off into traffic..it has done that once before while I was driving in town..I had to circle around to retrieve it. I’ve tried to get it repaired and everyone has basically turned me away..saying that they don’t make the sky slider parts anymoe..this has been a very challenging ordeal..I need help please.

  3. Judith Decker says:

    My 2014 Jeep Cherokee is currently in the shop because the parking brake locked up, preventing the vehicle to move either forward or backwards. It was towed to a local dealership and the Service Manager has informed me that the cause of the locked parking brake is because of a leaky sunroof, there is a tremendous amount of water inside the bottom portion of the vehicle under all the mats and that water level reached the module near the spare tire compartment, ruining that module. There’s an estimate of about $2,000or more to repair the problem. Is there any legal help out there for me?????I need help ASAP, because I am 72 years old and on a very limited budget. Hope to hear from someone soon!!!

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