Chrysler says the owner of the Dodge Demon has filed a lawsuit over a simple cosmetic issue with the hood scoop.
Jan 11, 2021 – A class action lawsuit against Dodge Demon alleges that in 2018 the Challenger SRT Demons in California were equipped with hood vanes that warp and result in repairs that would cause cars to lose their value.
However, Fiat Chrysler (FCA US) attorneys argue that the class action lawsuit is really just about a cosmetic issue with the hood.
The Dodge Demon lawsuit was filed by the owner of a 2018 Challenger SRT Demon who claims to have paid more than $ 166,000 for an 840 horsepower car.
But the owner says to achieve this feat he had to pay $ 250 to install components on the Dodge Demon.
According to the class action lawsuit, the demon had 808 horsepower when the plaintiff received a “box” from Fiat Chrysler of the components that needed to be installed to achieve 840 horsepower. In addition, the plaintiff was surprised to learn that the only way to achieve 840 horsepower was to use racing fuel.
Then, within 20 miles of the Demon’s first driving, the hood scoop allegedly warped and the plaintiff said he had contacted the dealership to report the suspected defect and see if a repair had taken place.
According to the Demon class action lawsuit, the plaintiff learned about the technical service bulletin 23-033-19 that had been issued to Chrysler dealers regarding the hood vanes about a year later.
According to TSB, Dodge Demon owners may complain that “the hood bezel is distorting and, in some cases, the paint is peeling off the sides and corners of the hood bezel opening.”
Chrysler dealers have been instructed to replace the hood panel, inspect the hood for paint damage, and, if necessary, revise the entire hood.
His Demon hood scoop was repaired, but the plaintiff claims that the color and finish were different and a different hood scoop insert was installed. The owner also says it is clear that numerous holes have been drilled in the hood.
The class action lawsuit also alleges that the hood scoop insert “bowed” within a week, and the plaintiff said he must insert the insert every time he drives the Dodge Demon.
The automaker has reportedly hidden defects in the hood vanes that cause warping, sagging and bulging. Attempting to fix the hood reportedly causes even more damage and noticeable problems with the paintwork and finish.
FCA motion to dismiss class action lawsuit against Dodge Demon
In a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, Chrysler argues that the entire class action lawsuit is about a cosmetic issue and nothing more. According to the FCA, the plaintiff admits that at the time it filed the class action lawsuit, Chrysler offered to fix the hood vane free of charge, but the owner declined because an initial attempt at the repair allegedly failed.
FCA attorneys say the plaintiff claims the performance was misrepresented, but he also admits that his Dodge Demon can operate at 840 horsepower using the extra components made available to it and the art of the required fuel is used. According to Chrysler, this means that the plausible has no plausible claim.
Chrysler goes on to claim that there is not a single allegation in the class action lawsuit against Demon alleging that an alleged problem with the hood scoop is affecting the use of the car.
The automaker says the plaintiff may have contacted the dealer, but the owner does not provide details of what was said. The plaintiff also allegedly does not say who informed him about the solution about a year later or how he learned about the service bulletin.
The motion for dismissal also argues that the plaintiff does not claim the FCA ever offered him a free hood vane repair, and the owner does not claim he paid nothing for repairs.
According to Chrysler, the plaintiff mentioned information he had received from the automaker about the Dodge Demon, but allegedly did not know if racing fuel is needed or how the car needs additional components to achieve 840 horsepower.
According to the application for dismissal, both press releases expressly state that more than 100 unleaded high-octane fuel and additional “power parts” are required to “release””The full performance characteristics of the demons and especially” to unleash the full potential of 840 hp “.
The FCA attorneys also told the judge, “Remarkably, after filing this case and pledging to represent a class, the plaintiff offered to dismiss for a payment of $ 95,000.”
The class action lawsuit against Dodge Demon was filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California: Peralta et al., Against FCA US LLC et al.
The plaintiff is represented by the law firms of Connor Olson and Tiangay Kemokai Law, PC