Plaintiffs: Seven repairs not able to cure Chrysler vehicle's mechanical defects

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 26, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – A pair of plaintiffs allege Fiat Chrysler Automobiles violated a number of federal and state laws when it sold them a new Chrysler vehicle with mechanical issues unable to be remedied after seven consecutive repair attempts on the dealer’s part.

David J. Stocklin and Billie M. Stocklin of Bristol filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Oct. 20 versus FCA US, LLC of Auburn Hills, Mich.

On Nov. 28, 2014, the plaintiffs leased a new 2015 Chrysler 200, manufactured and warranted by the defendant, and both purchased and registered in Pennsylvania. The price of the vehicle was in excess of $16,916.74, including registration charges, document fees, sales tax, finance and bank charges, but excluding other collateral charges not specified yet defined by the Lemon Law, the suit says.

The Stocklins say they were provided a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty for the Ram, but soon learned the vehicle had mechanical difficulties, such as the vehicle hesitating and jerking when accelerating and a humming noise at higher speeds, transmission noise at highway speeds, the vehicle riding roughly, the vehicle shifting harshly, the vehicle bucking when stopping, the TCM modules being reprogrammed pursuant to a recall, the service transmission light illuminating and the vehicle not always starting.

The Stocklins added the defendant’s authorized dealer made seven repair attempts to comply with its warranty and correct the long list of aforementioned defects, but the attempts proved unsuccessful.

For alleged violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act and violation of Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL), the plaintiff is seeking damages in an amount equal to the purchase price of the subject vehicle, collateral charges, incidental, consequential and treble damages, attorney’s fees and court costs, not in excess of $50,000.

The plaintiff is represented by Robert M. Silverman of Kimmel & Silverman, in Ambler.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 171002626

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