Dodge Journey brakes, class action lawsuit against Chrysler

August 28th, 2010 - this article is free to republish with open public license

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Chrysler became the target of a class action lawsuit, over the design of brakes and rotor pads. The plaintiffs contend that brakes of the 2009 and 2010 Dodge Journey are too small to handle the larger size of the vehicle. This claim asserts that the brake parts will wear out quickly, experiencing a higher load of friction and heat than they were designed for. Owners would then make more frequent to get them replaced. Service centers appreciate the business.

Most vehicle parts are designed with obsolescence in mind, they will break down over X amount of time so that the consumer will then re-buy a new one. Products that stand out as quality have a long period before they break. This becomes a problem if the wear time is very short , as allegedly in the Dodge Journey.

The brakes happen to be one of the most used part of a car, and the component that people seem to care the most about.

The most interesting part is the claim that Chrysler knew about the brakes, but sent the Journey to the production line with the knowledge. Terms used in the lawsuit include “misleading”, and other accusatory language.

Plaintiffs: Gabriella Tatum and Jamie Meyer, on behalf of themselves and all others
similarly situated


( taken from original documents )

1. This case involves the defective design and false advertising of the 2009 and 2010 Dodge Journey (Class Vehicles). This vehicle was Dodges first attempt at building and selling what is popularly referred to as a cross-over vehicle. In its advertising Dodge touts the Journey as having the convenience of a mini-van, the ruggedness of an SUV and the handling of a sedan.

The Braking System, however, is inadequate for the size and weight of the Journey. Specifically, it has been widely reported that the brake pads and rotors are too small and thin to handle the braking duties required by the size and weight of the Journey. The result is a significant increase in brake wear commencing from the date of purchase. It is not uncommon for the brakes on the Journey to fail at barely 12,000 miles requiring replacement of the pads and often shaving or resurfacing of the rotors, which can cost Class members as much as $400.

2. Dodge (a registered trademark of Chrysler Group LLC and hereafter referred to as Dodge) became aware of this defect from countless owner complaints and dealer records. Despite this knowledge, Dodge has done nothing systematically to remedy the defect or to provide notification to owners or lessees of the Journey. Instead Dodge has selectively provided some class members with company goodwill in the form of free or reduced cost repairs.

3. The Journeys performance is contrary to Dodges advertising and affirmative statements proclaiming the Journey as safe, reliable and durable. Such statements are false and misleading in light of the vehicles performance which typically limits the useful life of the Brake System (i. e. , brake rotors, pads, linings, and calipers) to a mere 12,000 miles or less.

Moreover, Dodges systematic denial of warranty coverage of the Brake System is at odds with consumer expectations, Dodges marketing materials, and generalized representations to consumers of the Class Vehicle. 4. As a result of Dodges practices, Plaintiffs and other members of the class have suffered injury in fact, including economic damages, and have lost money or property. Plaintiffs bring suit under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (N. J. C. F. A. ), N. J. S. A 56:8-1 et seq.


James E. Cecchi
5 Becker Farm Road
Roseland, NJ 07068
(973) 994-1700

Christopher A. Seeger
Scott Alan George
550 Broad Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102
(973) 639-9100

Steven N. Berk
1225 Fifteenth St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 232-7550

Craig Thor Kimmel
30 East Butler Pike
Ambler, Pennsylvania 19002
(215) 540-8888

Jonathan Shub
1818 Market Street, 13th Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
(610) 660-9631


Date August 28, 2010