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Chrysler 2.7 Liter V6 Engine Class Action Lawsuits Consolidated

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The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has issued an order which will transfer all Chrysler engine class action lawsuits pending in various federal district courts throughout the United States to the District of New Jersey for coordinated handling during pretrial proceedings in an MDL, or multidistrict litigation.

There are currently five class action lawsuits pending against Chrysler over their 2.7 liter engines used in several models of Chrysler and Dodge vehicles between 1998 and at least 2003. The Chrysler lawsuits allege that defective designs make the engines prone to form oil sludge, which could causes the engine to fail much earlier than would normally be expected.

A growing number of complaints have been filed by owners of Chrylser Sebring, Chysler Concord, Dodge Intrepid and Dodge Stratus vehicles with the smaller 2.7 liter engine, which have been found to fail around 50,000 to 60,000 miles, but in some cases as early as 20,000 miles.

This type of catastrophic engine failure would not typically be expected anytime before a vehicle reaches 100,000 miles, yet Chrysler has been denying engine warranty coverage since the problems are caused by a build up of oil sludge.

According to the Center for Auto Safety, at least 2,800 reports of Chrysler engine failure involving oil sludge in the 2.7 liter engines were received as of early 2007. Since that time, as the vehicles age, owners continue to report the engine problems.

Chrysler and Dodge engine failure class action lawsuits are currently pending in the Eastern District of California, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Illinois, District of New Jersey and Southern District of New Jersey on behalf of vehicle owners in those states. In addition, other class action lawsuits and individual lawsuits could be filed in other districts.

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation found that the Chrysler engine lawsuits involve common questions of fact and that centralization would serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of the litigation.

Chrysler’s lawyers opposed the consolidation, arguing that the proposed classes do not overlap and that agreements can be reached between the parties in the lawsuits to minimize any overlapping discovery or risk of inconsistent rulings without the formation of an MDL. However, the Panel rejected these arguments.

“These actions are nearly identical in terms of the facts alleged, and discovery undoubtedly will overlap,” wrote Chairman of the Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, John G. Heyburn, II, in an order issued February 10, 2009. “Centralization will enable one judge to streamline pretrial proceedings and make consistent rulings on discovery disputes, dispositive motions and issues relating to experts.”

The MDL panel decided to transfer all of the Chrysler engine lawsuits to the District of New Jersey, as the action in that Court has been pending longer than the other actions. The litigation will be assigned to U.S. District Judge Faith S. Hochberg for coordinated and consolidated pretrial proceedings.

Since the litigation involves putative statewide class actions for residents of five different states, the MDL panel did indicate that in the future, Judge Hochberg can suggest that the Panel consider remanding the actions to the original courts where they were filed for class certification considerations if that becomes necessary.

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209 comments

  1. Walt

    I too am experiencing this problem with my Sebring 2.7L V6.bought it at 119,000 miles Now its at around 140,000 It just all of a sudden started stalling and dieing on me. I have kept it maintained and all. I loved this car! Then the problems just come out of left field all of a sudden, same as other complaints. Sitting at light or driving at a low speed and suddenly a low idle then die! It cranks back up but this shouldn’t be happening period! I have replaced everything from every sensor to alternator and batteries to no avail. Car was great but now its just turned to problems. Good thing God has my back so im not worried and I will be getting a new car soon but it wont be another Chrysler I don’t think, not with all the badfeedback and lawsuits of them lying about car issues and still put this model out. That’s jut pure greed and evil. I pray all are fortunate to get new cars. Look to God He will fix it. Oh yea by the way how can I get involved in this lass action lawsuit this car can potentially kill someone the way it does..smh

  2. Patrick

    01 sebring convertible Nast lost power on freeway before I could get stopped it died when I opened the hood engine oil was sprayed everywhere. I’m assuming timing chain failure

  3. Zach

    I own a 2005 Chrysler sebring convertible. I absolutely love it. What many people dont realize this, but the problem is actually the engine its self. The 2.7L V6 DOHC engine and some other model engines but most commonly this one. Due to the fact of that the WATER PUMP is an internal version rotated by the TIMING CHAIN instead of the SERPENTINE BELT as in most vehicles. seems like great idea right? Wrong due to the water pump being exposed to MUCH hotter temperature (difference of over 100 degrees) okay with that being understood, Rubber seals and bearing are extremely sensitive to HIGH temperature, causing them to break down and causing the water pump to leak from the weep hole (designed to spill antifreeze onto ground for u to be aware of a problem) Heres the real problem, the weep hole in the 2.7L V6 DOHC Leads to the oil pan, DIRECTLY INTO UR OIL! So not only do you not know if you are having a leaking water pump but now you have Antifreeze and water in ur oil. okay heres what alot of people have trouble understanding, Oil will boil on its own but it takes 500 plus degrees to do so, okay water boils at around 100 degrees and antifreeze will boil around 150. okay well when oil boils it sludge’s up and becomes a molasses type consistency and that engine has very small pilot holes at the top of the engine for the cam shafts, valves and all the small inter working components. So for oil the consistency of molasses it wont work. Now if u have an engine that is having high pitch squealing and such with this engine in it, Immediately take it to a shop or have it towed. if u so decide to keep it. the engine may have to be rebuilt depending on how far the damage has gotten and everything, if u catch it early enough u can flush the engine with new oil every 2,500 miles (after replacing water pump) I replace my water pump every 80,000 miles and my oil every 5,000 (full synthetic oil to help keep seals and ever thing super clean and well lubricated) If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

  4. Tony

    2.7l engine Chrysler should be held responsible for cause they knew engine had flaws but people who bought the cars didnt. It’s sad Chrysler a company they size want stand by product that they made. .. End of day it’s automotive robber..

  5. wayne

    my engine died at 108000 mi. the oil light came on and i pulled over, brought it to chrusler and was told 5700 for new engine! funny, i was due for an oil change at 108000. had it rebuilt in home state of nj at a cost of 3000. combined with towing and car rental and im out 4 grand. a tech at chrysler told me they were notified by chrysler to check oil every 1000 miles. obviously something wrong here. im in new jersey, i have a 2007 chrysler 300 with a 2.7l engine

  6. Christel

    I bought a 2004 Chrysler Sebring from someone I know. They told me they had replaced the timing belt within the 6 months before I bought it. A year and a half and 30,000 miles later, I went out to start my car and it would not start. I had it towed to my mechanic who told me the timing chain snapped and shredded my engine. There was no warning what-so-ever that there was any problem. It came as a complete shock. I’m an out of work single mother, I can’t afford a new engine. While looking on the internet for a used engine I came across hundreds of complaints about my engine. What makes me angrier is that Chrysler knows this engine is crap and refuses to do anything. I can not afford a new engine or a new car so I am completely screwed!

  7. robert

    auto repair shop worked on the 2.7 L engine because of coolant leaks after fixing leaks the engine built up pressure and then blue head gasket 100 miles later and the owner said its my fault I told the owner to look at the class action lawsuit.

  8. Glenn

    On August 23rd.,2014 from a Ford dealership used car lot I bought a Dodge Stratus for my Son as his new Ford Fusion was t-boned and demolished and the insurance claim barely paid it off but left with no way to get to work, thus this purchase. It had 123,262 miles on it and was previously owned by a mechanic who “took care of it” per the salesman. Clean and ran good but after having it a few months we took it in for a due oil change and were told that nearly everything was leaking, including the engine. I spent over $1,300.00 for all seals, gaskets and all else to be fixed but the engine as the Service Manager wanted to make sure the rest was fixed and also the bill would e greater for the engine due to the fact of poorly engineered design. We were never aware of Chrysler’s problems as this is the first Chrysler product in the Wright Family, always has been GM or Ford. The oil change the odometer had 127,921 miles on it on 11-14-2014 and now on 02-09-2015 it seized and cannot be logically fixed, too much $! Contacted the dealer where bought and faxed all repair info but have not heard back as of yet. I am out of work for the last five months and have no income. I have but one other car and he is using it to go to work, 48 miles a day. If some company hires me it will be absolutely impossible for both of us to get to work in just one car. Please inform me as to how to get on this lawsuit as this is Chrysler’s problem and they need to “nut up” to their responsibility for all concerned. An absolute disgrace of a former American company with a rich history to take a blind eye to the American public, their hard work and loyalty which Chrysler has enjoyed and prospered for many, many decades. Even the C.E.O. of Fiat had expressed a woe of regret of buying this car maker for all the problems and debt that came to light after doing so. Should of did his “homework” as we all should have did to stay away from misleading, contemptuous, greedy and corrupt officials of Chrysler. I hope we can settle this and they pay dearly and return the profit they made and lose even more.

  9. Steven

    On the 2.7 there are two catalytic converters. One on each side of oil pan. This set up cocentrates heat to oil pan and this in turn burns out oil due to high temps, quicker than regular oil change intervals. Oil becomes sludge and catastrophic engine damage can result from this. Bottom line every engine has quirks particular to its design. Unfortunately car manufactures know about these issues but fail to inform consumer and unecessary damage could have been otherwise avoided by proper prevetative maintenane. Anyone who has this particular engine should bear this in mind and switch oil sooner and use one designed to withstand higher temps.

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