Chrysler Lawsuit Involving Leaky Sunroofs Seeks Settlement

The ongoing lawsuit between David Cox and Chrysler could be settled soon. According to court documents, the 2014 class-action lawsuit could reach a settlement agreement of $350,000 for attorneys’ fees and $4,000 that would be awarded to Cox, the plaintiff in this case, as an incentive award.

The lawsuit against Chrysler, which was first filed in 2014 by Cox, alleged the manufacturer was negligent in disclosing to owners that regular maintenance is needed on affected vehicles’ sunroof drain tubes. The Jeep Patriot, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Compass, Jeep Commander, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler Town and Country and Chrysler 300, from model years 2009 to present were named in the lawsuit.

“FCA [Fiat Chrysler automobiles] US does not agree with all of the characterizations of the facts set forth by plaintiff in these motions. However, it does agree that the proposed class settlement is fundamentally fair, adequate, and reasonable, and that it should be approved by the Court.

Furthermore, FCA US has no objection to entry of an order awarding attorneys’ fees, costs, and an incentive award, provided that the amounts do not exceed the following: Three hundred fifty thousand dollars ($350,000.00) for attorneys’ fees; one hundred twenty-eight thousand eight hundred seventy-three dollars and seventy-nine cents ($128,873.79) for costs; and four thousand dollars ($4,000.00) for an incentive award for plaintiff,” a portion of court documents read.

In his original complaint, Cox stated he owned a 2010 Jeep Patriot for less than a year before the sunroof began leaking, which damaged the interior.

“Cox brought his vehicle in to the Chrysler dealer’s service department to service the sunroof leak immediately. The Chrysler dealer replaced the radio and cleaned out the sunroof drain tubes. However, the sunroof has leaked several times since the first attempted repair, once again damaging the radio display and causing electrical malfunctions in the sunroof. Thus, on June 26, 2013, Cox brought the vehicle in to the Chrysler service department again to service the sunroof leak. However, Chrysler refused to repair the sunroof leak under the warranty stating that clogged drain tubes is a maintenance problem. As a result, Cox continues to observe water leaking into and through the sunroof and interior dome light that has resulted in electrical problems, a noticeable musty or moldy smell and water damage to the interior of his vehicle,” a portion of the complaint reads.

Throughout his complaint, Cox claims he was never told by Chrysler that the vehicle’s sunroof drain tubes would need routine maintenance. Chrysler responded to the complaint by denying most of the allegations that were made against the company. The auto manufacturer also stood by its warranty in its response.

“FCA US admits that it provides a written limited warranty for the vehicles it sells which covers the cost of repairs for certain items for 3 years or 36,000 miles from the date the vehicle is first put into service, whichever occurs first. Further FCA US states that the warranty document speaks for itself,” a portion of Chrysler’s response reads.

Currently both Cox and Chrysler are waiting for the judge’s response to the settlement motion. Look to a future edition of glassBYTEs for more information on this suit following the judge’s response.

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6 Responses to Chrysler Lawsuit Involving Leaky Sunroofs Seeks Settlement

  1. Kathy Giacobbe says:

    I have a 2017 Chrysler 300 and I also have a water leak coming from the handle on the passenger side in the rear. The handle is the bar that flips down to hold on to and is connected to the light as well which is above the passenger side door. I have had several cars ( this is my 4th 300) and was never told that the sunroof drains needed servicing. Nor have I ever had an issue with a leak. We purchased the Compass warranty that is good for 10yrs or 100k miles but they state they do not cover water leaks. I find it frustrating that this is a problem that is no fault of my own and I paid for the warranty (not manufacturer)and it’s not covered…there is nothing I could have done to make this leak happen. I’m hoping the class action goes through so I can have my leak fixed before my car is damaged beyond repair. If anyone has heard an update, I would be interested in hearing the outcome.

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  3. Carla Lewis says:

    Hi two on a 2017 Chrysler 300 and it’s M experiencing the same problem. I contacted Kreiser and their response was that there was no recall however now seeing that there was a lawsuit that was settled I need to get in on that action!

  4. Carla Lewis says:

    Hi two on a 2017 Chrysler 300 and it’s M experiencing the same problem. I contacted Kreiser and their response was that there was no recall however now seeing that there was a lawsuit that was settled I need to get in on that action!

  5. robert m sapienza says:

    my 2017 300 is leaking both sides, what can i do

  6. Dario Rizzitello says:

    same problem 2014 Jeep compass water cascading from interior light musty smell ruined carpets and seat Jeep told me to shove it when I called just today 11/03/2021 and charged 1000 dollars to repair. Need help and would hire an attorney

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