Ram Hydraulic Control Unit, Anti-Lock Brake Defect Lawsuit
A putative class action on behalf of a class of Texas residents alleges defects in 2017-2018 Ram 2500s and 2017-2018 Ram 3500s make them “unsafe and defective.”
Specifically, the lawsuit claims, due to defective materials, the vehicles have defective hydraulic control units and anti-lock braking system modules that cause the ABS, cruise control, and traction control systems to become inoperable. The defect makes the vehicles especially dangerous in conditions such as wet or snowy roads, they claim, when braking becomes more difficult.
The plaintiffs contend FCA US LLC and Stellantis N.V. have known of the defect, citing sources including a Technical Service Bulletin related to the alleged defect and consumer complaints, which they say date back to at least October 29, 2018.
One of the named plaintiffs, Jason Wilson, contends his 2018 Ram 2500 manifested the defect via warnings on the vehicles, such as the ABS light. He claims the dealership confirmed the ABS Module needed to be replaced, for which he paid $936.49. Another named plaintiff, Robert Krenek, alleges his 2018 Ram 3500 was defective and had to replace his ABS module, at a cost of $296.18 in labor costs.
The lawsuit asserts claims of breach of warranty, fraud/fraudulent omission, and unjust enrichment. The plaintiffs seek remedies including damages and restitution.
The case is Wilson v. FCA US LLC & Stellantis N.V., case number 4:22-cv-00447-ALM, in the United States District Court for the District of Texas.