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Chrysler Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Faulty Tire Valves

Aug 26, 2016

Chalik & Chalik Law Offices

Chalik & Chalik Law Offices

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2016 – A minivan owner filed a memorandum in a proposed class action lawsuit against Chrysler and Dodge. Plaintiff Robert Tomassini alleged that the car companies sold vehicles with faulty tire valve stems. The case was filed against Chrysler Group LLC in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York in 2014.

Tomassini filed the memorandum in response to Chrysler’s motion in April to exclude certain “uninjured” buyers from the proposed class of plaintiffs. In this context, the word “uninjured” refers to those minivan owners whose vehicles did not have failed valve stems. Tomassini asked the judge to reject Chrysler’s motion. The memorandum argued, “Chrysler’s motion appears reasonable at first glance, but crumbles upon inspection.”

“Car manufacturers can put drivers at risk of serious accidents and even death due to defective tires,” said Jason Chalik, a prominent Florida personal injury attorney with Chalik & Chalik Law Offices. “They are responsible for issuing recalls and informing consumers about any possible faults with their vehicles. Safety should be a priority.”

Tomassini claimed that all the purchasers were economically affected because they paid too much for the defective vehicles. He said they would have paid less had the car company admitted that the minivans had a dangerous defect. According to the original lawsuit, some Chrysler minivans have tires with valve stems that are made of an alloy prone to rusting from salt exposure. The tires could deflate without warning as a result of the erosion.

The plaintiff also said in the memorandum that a judge had already decided that Chrysler’s attempt to exclude certain class participants should be resolved at the class certification stage. Tomassini said the proposed class would be narrowed to include consumers who bought Chrysler and Dodge minivans manufactured from June 10, 2009 to May 25, 2010, according to the responses received.

In addition, Tomassini alleged that the car manufacturer failed to submit documents “related to its knowledge and analysis of the defect.” He claimed that the response to a third-party subpoena produced hundreds of documents pertaining to the case.

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