A class action lawsuit has been filed against Fiat Chrysler, the Jeep Grand Cherokee manufacturer, accusing the company of an “unreasonable delay” in fixing a defect in 2014-15 Jeep Grand Cherokees that was known to create a “rollaway” risk. This is the same defect discussed above. The suit, filed by Plaintiffs Deryl Wall, Justine Andollo, Danielle and Joby Hackett, alleges that the vehicle’s gear shifter is “dangerously defective because there is no tactile or position feedback to the operator as to whether the car has actually been placed into the safe-to-exit ‘park’ gear.”
The complaint alleges that the automobile manufacturer was slow in responding to safety concerns, only issuing a recall of some 811,000 vehicles in the United States in April, despite the fact that reported incidents dated back to early 2015. Maserati owners included in a recent recall have been asked to join this suit. Maserati, which is owned by FCA, is recalling about 13,000 sedans that have the same sort of gear shifter that is allegedly defective.
The suit seeks to recover drivers’ losses for diminished value due to the defect, an injunction against Fiat Chrysler telling drivers of the affected cars not to drive them until they are fixed and giving them replacements until the fix is made, buybacks of the vehicles with requested shifters, and other fees, costs and fines.
Plaintiffs Deryl Wall, Justine Andollo, and Danielle and Joby Hackett are represented by Lee M. Gordon, Steve W. Berman and Thomas E. Loeser of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Sources: Martin Smith and Law360.com
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