Differences Between the Jeep Class Action and Your Potential Lemon Law Claim

It’s important to know that you have legal rights when it comes to a defective vehicle. The Song Beverly Act and other laws afford you protections commonly known under the umbrella term “lemon law”. In California, after meeting certain standards, you may be eligible for a refund or exchange of your vehicle. So why might you be subject to a decision you may have never heard about?

Opt Out and Avoid Losing your Lemon Law Rights

Class action lawsuits are one form of litigation that helps millions of claims regarding similar issues from bogging down the court systems. In the case of Fiat Chrysler, they have decided to settle, without admitting wrongdoing, with owners of the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee, 2015 Jeep Renegade, 2015 Chrysler 200, and the 2015 Ram ProMaster City that came with the then-new nine-speed automatic transmission.

The case is designed to limit further liability for FCA, wherein they offer just $2,000 or a trade-in value of $4,000 for these vehicles, or an additional six-year, 100,000-mile warranty to each of the vehicle owners, known as the class. They don’t have to worry about future litigation unless people opt out. And they hope that no one does, because at least it’s something. It’s just not a lot, unless you’re the company who is saving tens of millions of dollars or the lead plaintiffs’ attorneys who makes 30 percent of the entire sum distributed to the class.

How You Can Do Better

Yes, you must act on your own, but it’s your own legal rights you’re protecting. If you opt out of the settlement by January 2, 2019, you can pursue a California lemon law claim. Consulting with an experienced litigator about the facts regarding your specific vehicle sets the stage for a stronger case against Fiat Chrysler if you own one of these vehicles. Rather than getting a small guaranteed check, you may be able to get the full compensatory damages the facts of your case merit. Get in touch with a lemon law lawyer today.

Opt Out of Jeep Class Action Settlement

In most cases, lemon law claims revolve around a specific issue with a single vehicle or a small number of SUVs. However, sometimes vehicle defects are so widespread that they result in class action lawsuits. However, California attorneys are arguing that owners should consider opting out of a settlement regarding a Jeep transmission case.

Each of the vehicles used a nine-speed ZF automatic transmission, with the number of gears supposedly helping fuel economy. Instead, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit argued that the transmission was so rough that it affected driving.

The vehicles affected include the:
2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee
2015 Jeep Renegade
2015 Chrysler 200
2015 Ram ProMaster City

Terms of the Class Action Settlement

The class is comprised of those who bought one of the named vehicles who made at least three transmission-related complaints to a Fiat Chrysler dealership. Owners of any of these vehicles who DO NOT opt out by January 2, 2019 will get:

  1. $2,000 or a trade-in value of up to $4,000 on other Fiat-Chrysler vehicles; and
  2. An extension of the warranty on the class vehicles of up to six years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Why Opt Out in Favor of a Lemon Law Case?

Simply put, the terms of the agreement offer relatively little value for California car owners. As noted in other articles, the consumer protection laws in California and federally offer owners the ability to seek a full refund or purchase if the car is still under warranty. There are specific issues regarding these vehicles due to their age, however, consulting with an experienced lemon law attorney should help establish the facts of your potential case against Fiat Chrysler.