A putative class action lawsuit has been filed in a South Carolina federal court against FCA US LLC. The automaker is accused of affixing inaccurate safety stickers on certain Dodge Ram trucks that included false rear axle ratios. Lead Plaintiff Robert K. Besley claims Dodge Ram 1500 vehicles feature “Monroney stickers” that contain false representations, making it appear that the trucks came with original equipment that included larger rear axle ratios than the standard equipment listed on the stickers. The complaint said:
Plaintiff and the class were damaged because the pickup trucks they purchased did not contain the rear axle ratios that were represented, making the pickup trucks less valuable than the pickup trucks would have been had FCA’s representations been true.
The 2014 Ram 1500 Big Horn pickup truck in January 2014 in Aiken, S.C. The truck had a Monroney sticker affixed to it, representing that the truck had original equipment, including a 3.55 rear axle ratio, as opposed to the standard 3.21 rear axle radio. It appears from the complaint that the FCA informed Besley through a customer service call that the information provided in the sticker was incorrect nine months after his purchase. His Ram model was equipped with a 3.21 rear axle ratio after all. But Besley claims that he purchased the specific Ram model because he wanted the increased towing capacity from the larger rear axle ratio. He says Chrysler offered him $750 in credit, but the cost of increasing the rear axle ratio would cost “substantially more than $750.” It was alleged in the complaint: “At no time during his discussions with Chrysler customer service was plaintiff offered a complimentary replacement of his rear axle.”
Because Chrysler sells more than 350,000, the suit says that class certification is warranted. That’s because the proposed class would consist of “at least thousands of individuals” who purchased Ram pickup trucks with deceptive Monroney stickers. William E. Hopkins, Jr., of Hopkins Law Firm and William G. Besley represent the plaintiff. The suit is in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.
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