PHILADELPHIA – A Levittown litigant alleges Fiat Chrysler Automobiles violated federal and state commerce laws when it sold her a new Dodge Journey sport utility vehicle, which supposedly was not repaired after five attempts.

Taylor Elizabeth Bowers of Levittown filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Nov. 22 versus FCA US, LLC of Auburn Hills, Mich.

On Dec. 20, 2014, the plaintiff purchased a new 2017 Dodge Journey from Reedman Toll Auto World in Langhorne, 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 $23,719.90, 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.

Bowers claims she was provided a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty for the Journey, but soon learned the vehicle had mechanical difficulties, such as the check engine light illuminating, popping noise and the vehicles jerking at highway speeds. Bowers went on to say the defendant’s official dealer made five repair attempts to comply with its warranty and correct the 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 up to three times 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 171102281

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nickpennrecord@gmail.com

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