Another putative class action alleges that a defect in 2017/2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, also known as Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, causes them to spontaneously burst into flames, even when the vehicle is not running.
As alleged in the lawsuit, Defendant recalled the affected vehicles in February 2022, but said the “root cause is unknown,” and advised them that pending development of a remedy, “the company is advising owners of these hybrid vehicles to refrain from recharging them, and to park them away from structures and other vehicles.”
The named plaintiffs, from Texas and Oregon, contend they are fearful of driving their vehicles, worry about the proximity of the vehicle to their home given the risk of fire, and/or refrain from charging the vehicle, forcing them to pay for gas that is more expensive than electricity.
The lawsuit raises claims including violation of breach of warranty, fraud, and unjust enrichment, and seeks remedies including damages and interest. This lawsuit is similar to a previously filed lawsuit in California.
The case is Meagan Findeiss, et al. v. FCA US LLC, case number 4:22-cv-10850-SDK-EAS, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.