Anyone who owns or leases a 2012 – 2017 Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Liberty, Dodge Journey or Dodge Avenger and had problems with their car’s heat, defroster and/or air conditioning.
What's Going On?
Attorneys are investigating whether a manufacturing defect has led to heating and cooling problems in these vehicles. If so, they may be able to file a class action lawsuit.
What You Can Do
If you experienced these issues with your car, fill out the form on this page. One of the attorneys handling this investigation may then reach out to you directly to explain how you may be able to get money back for repairs done to your vehicle.
How Much Does This Cost?
It costs nothing to contact us or to speak to an attorney about your rights.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org would like to speak with anyone who owns or leases any of the following 2012 – 2017 model year vehicles and experienced problems with the heater, defroster and/or air conditioner:
They have reason to suspect that a manufacturing defect may be causing the cars’ heating and cooling systems not to work properly, resulting in costly repair bills that should – but aren’t being – covered under drivers’ warranties.
Fiat Chrysler has already been sued over its Jeep Wrangler vehicle, but more people have come forward saying that the problem may not be limited to this model. We’ve received complaints that the Jeep Liberty, Dodge Journey and Dodge Avenger cars are also experiencing heating and cooling problems. And, reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seem to back up these claims.
If you experienced these problems in your Jeep or Dodge vehicle, fill out this form. One of the attorneys looking into the issue may then reach out to you directly to explain how you may be able to join in on the litigation or help get a new class action lawsuit started. It doesn’t cost anything to contact us or speak to an attorney about your rights.
What’s Believed to Be the Problem with the AC and Heaters?
Attorneys have reason to suspect that Fiat Chrysler failed to properly flush the casting sand out of the engine blocks on some of its cars when they were made. It is believed that, as a result, the residual sand can circulate throughout the cooling system and settle as a “sludge-like” residue in the heater core, radiator and oil cooler. This is what may be causing the heating and cooling systems to malfunction and fail.
According to the suit against Chrysler over its Jeep Wranglers, the alleged defect compromises the safety of the cars. From the lawsuit:
"Drivers without heat cannot defrost their vehicles, rending them difficult or impossible to drive in cold-weather conditions and unsafe, especially when freezing precipitation occurs while driving. Drivers without air cannot drive in hot-weather conditions.” - Mooradian, et al. v. FCA US LLC, Case No. 1:17-cv-1132
Lawsuit Claims Chrysler Refuses to Cover Repairs
Fiat Chrysler is allegedly refusing to cover the cost of repairs, according to the lawsuit over the Wrangler models. According to the suit, the car manufacturer is telling Wrangler owners that the work is not covered by their warranties because:
The issue was created by “external factors” or “owner misuse”
The warranty period expired
Some drivers have also claimed that it appears the company’s employees have been told to avoid providing written documentation of the problem, even when asked.
Consumers Complain About Heat, AC Not Working
A number of consumers have posted online about the problems they’ve experienced with the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Liberty, Dodge Avenger and Dodge Journey [sic throughout]. Some of these complaints were even sent to the NHTSA.
“When I went to turn on the heat the driver's side was blowing cold air and the passenger's side hot. I took it to my local garage and they said I had casting sand built up and suggested I replace my heater core and radiator.” —jkprince 24, Oklahoma City, OK, CarComplaints.com
“The left side was not blowing near as hot as the right side. Its barely warm on the left. I have read many posts about the casting sand issue and I have had it flushed and it was better for a day or two. It did come back and its like before. I hear that the job is a new heater core and will cost me upwards of $2000 and I'm not in a position to pay that right now…Jeep should take care of this as many many JK owners have dealt with this in the past.” —Tony W., Moscow Mills, MO, CarComplaints.com
“Just replaced heater core dodge journey 2010 problem was hot air driver side less hot air passenger side find out by openning the heater core that almost half of it was clogged on passenger side of the core.” —Jacques, RepairPal.com
“OK I have a problem with the heater core in my 2013 Dodge Avenger. I’ve taken it to the dealership and they tell me that the heater core is plugged. After further investigation on the internet I learned I’m not the only consumer with this problem. The dealership tells me it a defect in the manufacturing of the heater core from the factory but no recall has been issued.” —NHTSA ID No. 10938426 Union Grove, Alabama
“Chrysler has refused to admit and fix the issue. The cause of the issue typically has been linked to either A) casting sand used in the production of the motor, or B) chemicals in the coolant developing a sand-like sludge. My experience has been two failed heater cores within 9 months of each other.” —NHTSA ID No. 10637036, Mooresville, Indiana
How a Class Action Lawsuit Can Help
A class action lawsuit could:
Help drivers get their money back for repairs
Order Chrysler to declare that the issue will be covered under their warranties
Require Chrysler to inform affected customers of the alleged defect
Help ensure Chrysler and other automakers take more care in verifying their vehicles are free from defects when they’re released onto the market
If you had problems with the AC or heat on your Jeep or Dodge vehicle, tell us about it.
After you get in touch, one of the attorneys we work with may reach out to you directly. He or she will ask you a few questions about your car and explain why you may be entitled to money for repairs. It doesn’t cost anything to contact us or to speak to an attorney. Plus, you’re never obligated to take legal action just for getting in touch.