If you are having problems with a 2013 or 2014 Dodge Dart, you are not alone.
The various mechanical issues associated with this small compact car run the gamut from transmission problems and sluggish acceleration issues with the engine, electrical problems, brake failure and faulty fuel gauges.
Owners say they started noticing problems shortly after they purchased the vehicle.
A widespread complaint owners have involves the Dodge Dart’s transmission. The Dual Dry Clutch Transmission (DDCT) was designed to be fuel efficient. It’s an automatic transmission that works more like a hybrid manual and automatic. The computer controls the car’s shifting mechanism and the driver can become frustrated as a result. This also creates a rough ride for drivers who complain it revs up too much, doesn’t shift properly, makes grinding noises and sometimes emits a what they describe as a foul burning odor. Drivers say they feel like they have little control over the car.
In some cases, Chysler Motors, the manufacturer of the Dodge Dart, has attempted to fix the issue by reprogramming or replacing the transmission control module, but it doesn’t work because the problem is really lies in its poor design, according to news reports.
A recall for roughly 15,000 2013 Dodge Dart cars was issued in June 2013 to address a problem involving the engine which had a tendency to stall after it was started. The manufacturer brought the cars back to recalibrate their power train control modules.
But Chrysler’s offer to fix this issue wasn’t enough for one California couple who filed a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in September 2014.
Joshua and Marta Hardt allege the transmission and other problems they had to put up with in their 2013-2014 Dodge Dart are a safety risk. Further, the lawsuit states Chrysler knew the car had a transmission defect, but hid the issue from consumers. One of the key issues in the lawsuit involves the hydraulic clutch system which the couple alleges does not work as advertised.
Johnson Attorneys Group has helped many clients with similar problems obtain a repurchase or reimbursement for their Dodge Dart lemon and our attorneys are here to help you get started. Call us for a free consultation at 1-800-235-6801.