PHILADELPHIA – One plaintiff claims in a recently-filed lawsuit that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles violated a number of commerce regulations when it sold her a new Dodge vehicle with mechanical faults in operation.

Wanda D. Stuart of Philadelphia filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Oct. 30 versus FCA US, LLC of Auburn Hills, Mich.

On July 11, 2015, the plaintiff purchased a new 2015 Dodge Dart Aero, manufactured and warranted by the defendant, and both purchased and registered in Pennsylvania, the suit says. The price of the vehicle was in excess of $25,962.95, 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.

Stuart says she was provided a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty for the Dart, but learned the vehicle had mechanical difficulties, such as the vehicle running roughly, white smoke coming from the vehicle’s exhaust port and the “check engine” light illuminating.

Stuart added the defendant’s authorized dealer made four repair attempts to comply with its warranty and correct the aforementioned issues (with the first one lasting 37 days), but the attempts proved futile.

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 171003713

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at

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