A proposed class action alleges a defect in airbag modules containing a hybrid inflator manufactured by ARC Automotive and its related entities that can cause them to “violently explode and rupture, expelling metal debris and shrapnel at vehicle occupants.”
The lawsuit alleges ARC Automotive manufactures such defective inflators, which are installed in vehicles manufactured and distributed by FCA US, LLC, and its related entities. The complaint asserts defective design and manufacturing processes are at issue.
The proposed class representative, Florida resident Preshawn Long, alleges this defect exists in her 2004 Dodge Caravan. She claims the defendants have known of the alleged defect since at least 2015.
The lawsuit contends the following FCA vehicles are equipped with an ARC hybrid inflator at issue:
- 2015-2017 Chrysler 200
- 2016-2017 Chrysler 300 LX
- 2001-2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser
- 2001-2007 Chrysler Town & Country
- 2001-2007 Dodge Caravan
- 2015-2017 Dodge Challenger
- 2016-2017 Dodge Charger/Magnum LX
- 2001-2007 Dodge Grand Caravan
The complaint also lists a number of Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, and Kia vehicle models.
The class action asserts claims including fraudulent concealment and breach of warranty. It seeks remedies including damages and an order requiring the defendants to either replace all the defective airbag modules or institute a re-purchase program to take all of the affected vehicles off the road.
The case is Preshawn Long v. ARC Automotive, inc. & FCA US, LLC, case number 2:22-cv-01098-NAD, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.