Thousands of Fiat Chrysler cars with 2.4L Tigershark engines may have an engine oil consumption problem that could leave the driver stranded on the side of the road. An $8 million dollar class action settlement has just been reached to compensate those drivers.
If you own a certain Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat vehicle with the 2.4L Tigershark engine, you may be eligible to receive an extended warranty, cash payments and product improvement benefits. Read on to find out more.
2.4L Tigershark Engine Oil Consumption Problems
Vehicle owners allege a defective with the 2.4L Tigershark engine causes the engine to consume oil, lowering the oil pressure in the engine. This results in the class vehicles running dangerously low on oil, unexpectedly triggering the “shut down” mode which the automaker designed to protect the engine.
Additionally, the suit claims the Oil Indicator System fails to warn drivers when oil levels begin to drop. As a result, vehicle owners continue to drive not knowing that their vehicles have reached dangerously low oil levels.
A low oil situation stops lubricating the vital engine components, causing clunking, knocking, and grinding noises.
In fact, a 2015 technical service bulletin had shown low oil levels caused the pistons, piston rings, cylinder walls and other internal parts of the 2.4L Tigershark engine to suffer internal wear. Thus reducing engine life, and the potential for a catastrophic engine failure.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) US LLC hasn’t admitted any wrongdoing, however agreed to pay $8 million to resolve these allegations.
Designed Safety Measure Causes Complete Engine Shutdown At Speed
Fiat Chrysler designed a safety measure into the vehicle to detect a low oil situation.
However, owners allege this feature unexpectedly shuts down their vehicles while at highway speeds, or in heavy traffic. This puts vehicle occupants as well as other drivers on the road in serious danger of an accident.
Status of the Fiat Chrysler 2.4L Tigershark Engine Class Action Litigation
Amber Wood, et al. v. FCA US LLC, Case No. 2:20-cv-11054 was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. This lawsuit is now settled.
Under the terms of the settlement, Class Members can receive extended warranty benefits, payments and product improvement benefits.
Extended Warranty Details
The extended warranty extends the FCA Powertrain Limited Warranty to 7 years or 100,000 miles. This extension covers parts and labor required to fix the oil consumption defect.
Product Improvements Benefit Details
Product improvements include Fiat Chrysler customer service notifications: CSN W20, CSN W80, and CSN W84 to remedy the oil consumption defect in certain class vehicles.
Additionally, all Class Members covered CSN W80 are eligible to have an oil consumption test performed for free. If this test shows a significant defect, Fiat Chrysler will replace the vehicle’s engine long block.
Class Members whose vehicles are covered by CSN W80 and engine long blocks are replaced will receive a $340 payment.
Vehicle owners who incurred out of pocket expenses for repairs related to the oil consumption defect can receive reimbursement for these repairs.
Reimbursements also available for rental cars and towing services.
Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat Models Affected
The following FCA Chrysler models are affected by this settlement:
- 2015-2017 Chrysler 200
- 2013-2016 Dodge Dart
- 2014-2019 Jeep Cherokee (Manufactured prior to July 2018)
- 2015-2018 Jeep Renegade
- 2017-2018 Jeep Compass
- 2015-2018 Ram Promaster City
- 2016-2018 Fiat 500x
What Action Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat Owners Need to Take?
If you currently or previously owned or leased a certain Dodge, Jeep, Ram or Fiat brand vehicle equipped with 2.4L Tigershark engine in the United States, you may be entitled to benefits afforded by the class action settlement.
To see if you are eligible for a settlement benefits, visit the website listed below:
FCA 2.4L Tigershark Oil Consumption Class Action
To receive settlement benefits, vehicle owners must submit a valid claim form by no later than March 1, 2023.
Class Members who do not submit a claim will still be able to receive extended warranty benefits and engine long block replacement payments.
Claim deadline is 03/01/23.
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Last Updated on September 16, 2022
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