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Enterprise, Fiat Chrysler settle litigation with man who says car malfunctioned on highway and crashed

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 17, 2019

Charger
Dodge Charger | Courtesy Chrysler

PHILADELPHIA – A Bensalem man who sued Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in claiming a faulty Dodge Charger he rented malfunctioned on the highway and crashed has seen his case conclude with a settlement against the corporate defendants.

On April 26, counsel for defendant Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UC, LLC filed a praecipe to mark the litigation brought against it by plaintiff Rifat Razeq as settled, discontinued and ended as to all parties. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Razeq, of Bensalem, initially filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on May 24, 2018, versus Enterprise Leasing Company of Philadelphia, LLC of Philadelphia, FCA UC, LLC of Auburn Hills, Mich. and EAN Holding, LLC of Savannah, Ga.

On July 20, 2017, Razeq leased a 2017 Dodge Charger owned by defendant EAN, manufactured, distributed and sold by FCA and rented in Philadelphia by Enterprise under a rental agreement. According to the lawsuit, the Charger was “virtually showroom-new with low mileage.”

Two nights later, Razeq was driving the vehicle on I-95 South near the Cottman Avenue exit in Northeast Philadelphia, when the right front wheel suddenly and without warning came off the Charger, causing the vehicle to swerve and crash into a concrete divider, the suit said.

“Solely as a result of the accident, plaintiff sustained numerous injuries to date, including, but not limited to, a disc protrusion at the L5-S1 vertebral junction, bulging discs at the L3-L4-L5 vertebrae, disc protrusion at the L2-L3 vertebral junction and lateral meniscus tears. Plaintiff suffered severe physical and mental pain, for which he seeks damages. Solely as a result of the accident, plaintiff suffered and will continue to suffer in the future, severe economic losses, including medical bills for hospitalization, medical treatment, drugs and other medical services in an effort to cure himself of his injuries,” the suit said.

Prior to settlement and for counts of negligence, strict liability, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty of merchantability and breach of implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose, the plaintiff was seeking damages, solely, jointly and/or severally, not in excess of $50,000, plus interests, costs and delay damages.

The plaintiff was represented by Geoffrey B. Gompers of the Law Offices of Geoffrey B. Gompers & Associates, in Philadelphia.

The defendants were represented by Stephen A. Scheuerle and Alicia M. Nelson of Hohn & Scheuerle, plus Vlada Tasich of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, also all in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 180502625

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nick.malfitano@therecordinc.com

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