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If your Chrysler is becoming a familiar sight to your mechanic, you might need a California lemon law attorney.

Chrysler Lemon Law Cases: Is Your Car One?

Nobody buys a new car thinking it has hidden hazards or defects. But Chrysler lemon law claims are not uncommon. And if you are dealing with Chrysler problems, especially involving multiple repair trips for related issues, your Chrysler may, in fact, be a lemon. If so, you have rights under California's consumer protection laws.

At Johnson Attorneys Group, our office is prepared to obtain the full protection of your rights. Over the years our lemon law attorney in California has gained a great deal of experience in defending Chrysler owners. We have gained key insights allowing us to optimize case results for our clientele.

Fiat Chrysler owns Chrysler and Fiat, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. We take a look here at the usual suspects for chronic mechanical issues in recent years.

The Usual Suspects: Chrysler Cars With the Most Common Repairs

This isn't an exhaustive list, but if your problem is listed, the California lemon law has already been applied to situations like yours.

  • Chrysler 200 and 300. Both models have been cited for transmission issues. If you've taken your car in to have the same transmission problem fixed at least four times, you might have a lemon.
  • Jeep Compass, Cherokee, Renegade, Liberty, Patriot, and Wrangler (2015 or newer). Owners have received compensation for transmission failure, faulty dash warning signals, and engine stalls and ignition problems.
  • Dodge Dart. Overheating, revving of the engine before shifting, and other problems may arise with this model's Dual Dry Clutch Transmission.
  • Dodge Journey, Challenger,  Grand Caravan, and Charger. Transmission may cause lurching, trembling, or stalling issues. The Durango SUV (2014-16) may have a transmission defect that can cause a rollaway after the car is shifted into park.
  • Dodge Ram. Transmission may cause lurching, trembling, or stalling issues. Be on the lookout for gear slippage and (for example, into neutral from drive), difficulty in shifting, or lurching when braking. Ram 1500 pickups (2013-16) may have a transmission defect that can cause a rollaway after the car is shifted into park.
  • Ram ProMaster van, as well as the ProMaster City. Recent models, some drivers report, may be subject to sudden shutdowns, faulty transmissions, faulty engine and airbag dashboard warning signals, and leaky fluids.
  • Fiat compacts 500X and 500e, the 500L SUV, and the 124 Spider. Recent models, some owners report, may be subject to sudden shutdowns, faulty transmissions, faulty engine and airbag dashboard warning signals, and leaky fluids.

Why It's Best to Call an Attorney for a Possible California Lemon Law Claim

The law is straightforward. The maker must compensate you when:

  • A defect is substantial;
  • The owner has allowed the automaker reasonable opportunities to make repairs; and
  • Service visits don't solve the issue.

The manufacturer may tell you their technicians will service your car under warranty, yet insist you have no Chrysler lemon law claims. You may be a loyal customer. But never assume that the auto manufacturer is your advocate.

Recalls: Not Subject to the Lemon Law, But Important

In 2018, Fiat Chrysler recalled close to 5 million cars and trucks over a software issue that could keep the vehicles from coming out of cruise control. In this unlikely event, Chrysler explained that cruise control could be “overpowered" by braking or stopped if the driver shifts into neutral, then applies the brakes in:

  • Chrysler 300 (2014-18) and Chrysler 200 (2015-17) sedans.
  • Pacifica minivans (2017-18).
  • Dodge Challenger (2015-18 coupes), and 2014-18 Dodge Charger sedans.
  • Journey CUVs, Durango SUVs, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee SUVs (2014-18), and 2018 Jeep Wranglers.
  • Multiple Ram models (2014-19).

Repairs due to recalls do not make a lemon law case. But act immediately if your vehicle is affected by a recall.

Take Action: Your Chrysler Lemon Law Attorney Can Help

The California Lemon Law applies whether your car is new, leased, or used and under factory warranty (or a warranty extended through certification of a pre-owned vehicle). 

Compensation under the California lemon law may involve replacement, your money back, or a cash settlement from the maker.

Freedom from your Chrysler issues begins with a free consultation. Fill out the case review form or call Johnson Attorneys Group at 1-800-558-1087.

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