A class action has been filed in which consumers claim that FCA US, LLC and its parent company Stellantis knowingly sold diesel trucks with a defective part. That part was a CP4 fuel pump manufactured by Bosch. According to the consumers, this pump led to “catastrophic” complications for their vehicles.
If you drive a RAM truck, you likely have questions about the lawsuit and whether you should pursue your California Lemon Laws individually. Keep reading for all you need to know.
What Is a Fuel Pump?
The fuel pump is an essential part of any modern vehicle. Without it, your vehicle wouldn’t start, let alone run. It’s the piece of equipment that moves gas from the tank to the engine. But that’s not all it does.
The fuel pump also provides the proper pressure and volume for fuel injection. And as a bonus, it filters out contaminants to keep your car running better for longer. According to most mechanics, the fuel pump is the unsung hero of modern vehicles. Generally, it has a life expectancy of at least 100,000 miles.
What Was the CP4 Defect?
The problem with the CP4 fuel pump is its incompatibility with American diesel fuel. According to the lawsuit, this defect causes the fuel pump to run itself dry. As a result, the fuel pump, fuel injection system, and engine are all destroyed.
According to the class-action suit, this happens because the pump is unable to filter metal shavings found in the diesel fuel. The claimants describe the resulting engine failure as sudden and catastrophic — so sudden, in fact, that the trucks reportedly shut off while in motion and were unable to be started again.
For many of the owners, this failure happened as early as mile one or quickly after the fuel tank was filled for the first time. According to the lawsuit, buyers of these vehicles received no warning about the defective nature of the fuel pump. If the plaintiffs had known about the issue, they claim they would not have purchased the vehicles.
Which Trucks Were Affected?
At this point, you may be looking at your Dodge RAM truck and wondering whether it’s safe to drive. As a result of these lawsuits and further investigations, Fiat Chrysler has recalled the following trucks:
- 2018-2020 Dodge Ram 2500
- 2018-2020 Dodge Ram 3500
- 2018-2020 Dodge Ram 4500
- 2018-2020 Dodge Ram 5500
If you purchased a new heavy-duty diesel truck from Dodge Ram between 2018 and 2020, your vehicle may be affected. In the United States alone, this recall affects over 220,000 trucks.
So how does this recall affect the ongoing lawsuit? In general, the recall will be a smoking gun for the case.
Should You Hire an Attorney?
Anytime you believe that a vehicle part is defective, it’s worth a call to your attorney. That way, you can quickly get up-to-date on your lemon law rights. We also recommend that you hold on to documentation regarding repairs and replacements for the vehicle.
Car recall and lemon laws can get complex, so it’s wise to work with a lawyer who is an expert in motor vehicle defects if you believe you have a case. At your first no-obligation consultation, you can expect more detailed information about defect laws and whether you might be eligible for buyback or a replacement.
Stay Up-to-Date on your Consumer Rights and This Lawsuit
If you own one of the vehicles we listed above, please call. Even if you have yet to experience a problem with your Ram diesel truck, we can advise you on your legal options in the event of a future failure.
Reaching out to attorneys will also give you the opportunity to stay up-to-date on your lemon law right and the class action. If you are wondering whether you are eligible for a settlement, we can keep you in the loop.
For more information call the experienced trial attorneys at (833) 4MY-LEMON for a free case evaluation.
Disclaimer. The information provided in this post is for informational and educational purposes only regarding aspects of the California Lemon Law. It is intended for California Consumers only. This post is considered an advertisement by attorney Richard M. Wirtz and Wirtz Law APC. You should not rely on any of the information provided in this advertisement and no legal advice is given by the advertisement. No attorney client relationship is established by viewing this advertisement. A written signed engagement agreement between you and Wirtz Law APC is required to create an attorney client relationship. You should immediately consult an attorney which is experienced in California Lemon Law. Attorney Richard M. Wirtz is responsible for the content of this post. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.