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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