A proposed class action alleges that a defect in the rear tailgate of certain Dodge vehicles causes water intrusion through the tailgate gaskets and seals. The vehicles allegedly affected are model years 2014-2023 Dodge Durango vehicles with the rear “racetrack light” assembly.
As a result of the alleged defect, the April 2023 complaint claims the LED racetrack light on the tailgate floods with water from rain, car washes, melting snow, or other water interaction at the rear of the vehicle. The complaint states the tailgate assembly contains the taillights, reverse lights, license plate lights, and reverse camera systems, and claims that sitting water burns out and corrodes the electrical and lighting components. This defect allegedly manifests as dimming or shorting out, flickering, wire and electrical shortage, and/or total failure of the tail, reverse, or license plate lights.
The proposed Class Representatives seek to represent a nationwide class, as well as a New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania subclasses. They raise claims including breach of warranty, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, and violation of various state consumer and business laws. They seek remedies including class certification, damages, penalties, and attorney fees.
The case is David Cranstoun, et al. v. FCA US LLC, case number 1:23-cv-00436, in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.