– Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid issues caused the automaker to recall 2017-2018 minivans twice, and now those Pacifica Hybrid issues have also prompted a class action lawsuit from a California minivan owner.
2017-2018 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs) are at risk of exploding in flames and causing damage to property and persons.
California plaintiff Rodrigo Nieto Gomez purchased a new 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid in June 2019, but he claims his minivan’s value has gone down due to the issues.
Since learning of the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid’s problems, Gomez has reportedly paid an electrician to move the minivan charger about 80 feet from his house and installed a smoke detector next to the charger.
Additionally, the plaintiff often logs on to seek updates on a Pacifica Hybrid recall, and he says that if he “had known of the defect, he would not have purchased the vehicle from the group or would not have didn’t pay that much for it.”
“The inconvenience suffered by the plaintiff and the group members cannot be overstated. They are now required to effectively isolate their group vehicles from structures and other vehicles. They can no longer safely load their group vehicles into their garage or next to their home or park near them, structures or other vehicles.As a result, they live with the fear of fires breaking out in their class vehicle, potentially causing injury to people and damage to property. — Chrysler Pacifica hybrid trial
Chrysler Pacifica hybrid problems cause recalls
Owners of 2017-2018 Pacific hybrid minivans learned of the problems when Chrysler announced a recall in February for more than 16,000 minivans in the United States. The hybrids were charging.
Chrysler said no crashes or injuries were reported, but the automaker also said it doesn’t know what caused the fires or how to fix the minivans. As engineers try to find the cause of the fires, Chrysler warned customers to park outside and away from anything that could catch fire.
The Chrysler class action lawsuit alleges that Fiat Chrysler failed to offer loaner vehicles to Pacifica Hybrid owners awaiting recall repairs, even though the automaker admits it doesn’t know the root cause of the problems or how to fix them. minivans.
And this isn’t the first recall for Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans as a June 2020 recall was issued for 2017-2020 Chrysler minivans following reports of fires.
However, Chrysler said the Pacifica Hybrid’s problems were caused by the 12-volt batteries used to power radios and other personal devices. Chrysler said fires could occur due to corrosion that affected the 12-volt battery isolator terminals near the rear seats.
Chrysler told minivan owners that the Pacifica Hybrid’s problems could be fixed by installing gaskets on the insulator posts for the batteries. But if the terminal connection was bad, dealers had to replace the insulator terminals and battery cables.
But according to this class action, the repairs “have not resolved the risk of fire and the vehicles are still at risk of catching fire or exploding”.
The Chrysler Pacifica hybrid’s problems are said to have hurt customers because all owners have now lost the benefit of their bargains and overpaid for minivans that are now worth less than they should be.
The Chrysler class action lawsuit also says Pacifica Hybrid owners are stuck with vehicles they can’t safely operate, and customers must also pay their own money related to the loss of use of their minivans. .
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California: Rodrigo Nieto Gomez, c. FCA US LLC.
Plaintiff is represented by Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield, LLP