We have reached a proposed settlement with Chrysler to resolve the TIPM litigation, Velasco et al. v. Chrysler Group LLC, Case No. 2:13-cv-08080. The settlement includes:
- Free fuel pump relay repairs to the owners of 2011, 2012, and 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos
- An extended warranty on the fuel pump relay repair itself, to 7 years from the vehicle’s original sale date or 70,000 miles, whichever occurs first
- Reimbursement for TIPM replacements, diagnosis, rental car expenses, and unnecessary repairs done in an attempt to fix a non-start or stall condition (batteries, fuel pumps, alternators, WIN modules, etc.) that were reasonably incurred as a result of a vehicle’s TIPM fuel pump relay failure.
Reimbursement Check List
- Be sure that all reimbursement requests include your current name, address, telephone number, and the vehicle identification number (VIN) of your vehicle.
- Provide proof of payment for repairs and related expenses (original or copies), or:
- If you cannot provide a proof of payment and your vehicle was repaired at an authorized Chrysler, Dodge, and/or Jeep dealership, provide a statement indicating the name and address of the dealership and date of the repair.
- Sign and date your reimbursement request.
- Send a letter requesting reimbursement and a copy of all documents identified above to:
FCA US Customer Care, PO BOX 21-8007, Auburn Hills, MI 48321-8007.
More information can be found at: www.tipmsettlement.com and you can read settlement agreement, amended preliminary approval order, and the long form notice to learn more about the proposed settlement and how your rights may be affected.
In November 2013, Girard Gibbs and co-counsel filed a class action lawsuit against Chrysler. The lawsuit alleges that some Chrysler vehicles are equipped with a defective Totally Integrated Power Module, or TIPM. The lawsuit alleges that the defective TIPM can cause problems starting the vehicle and stalling. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the TIPM can prevent the fuel pump from shutting off properly, cause headlights and taillights to shut off, and can cause random and uncontrollable activity of the horn, windshield wipers, alarm system, door locks, and airbags.
Amended Complaint Filed
In May 2014, Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint that includes the following vehicles:
- 2011-2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
- 2011-2012 Dodge Durango
- 2010-2014 Dodge Grand Caravan
- 2010-2014 Chrysler Grand Voyager
- 2010-2014 Chrysler Town & Country
- 2012-2014 Dodge Ram Cargo Van
- 2010-2012 Dodge Nitro
- 2010-2012 Jeep Liberty
- 2010-2012 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup
- 2010-2012 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup
- 2011-2012 Dodge Ram 3500 Cab Chassis
- 2011-2013 Dodge Ram 4400/5500 Cab Chassis
- 2010-2012 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup
- 2010-2014 Jeep Wrangler
- 2010 Dodge Journey
Chrysler’s Motion to Dismiss
In May 2014, Chrysler filed a motion to dismiss, asking the court to end the lawsuit altogether in its favor. We opposed Chrysler’s motion, and the court heard oral argument on July 28, 2014. On August 22, 2014, the court issued a ruling on the motion, mostly in our favor, although the court also dismissed two claims—under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act. The order allows Plaintiffs to move forward with their claims under California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts and Missouri consumer protection laws.
The lawsuit is proposing to proceed on behalf of the following people:
All persons who purchased or leased one of the above vehicles in California, Florida, Massachusetts, or Missouri, and all persons who purchased or leased one of the above vehicles in Maryland primarily for personal, household, family or agricultural purposes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who Is Included?
A: The plaintiffs are asking the court to let this case cover anyone who bought or leased a listed vehicle in California, Florida, Massachusetts, or Missouri—or in Maryland if bought or leased primarily for personal, household, family or agricultural purposes. We will provide an update when the court decides whether this case can proceed as a class action.
If you own or lease a listed vehicle but live outside of one of those states, and are interested in learning more about your legal rights, you can speak with a lawyer by calling 1-866-981-4800.
You can also fill out the form to the right if you want updates as this case proceeds. In the meantime, if you pay for TIPM repairs, please keep your receipts.
Q: Why isn’t my vehicle included?
A: This lawsuit focuses on an alleged defect in the seventh generation TIPM (called the TIPM 7). Not all Chrysler vehicles have the same totally integrated power module (TIPM) installed in them.
Q: Why isn’t my state included?
If you live in a state other than California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, or Missouri, and have a listed vehicle, you can speak with a lawyer by calling 1-866-981-4800 or by filling out the form to the right.
Q: Can I receive updates?
A: Fill out the form to the right and we will add you to the list for periodic updates.
If your Chrysler is having TIPM issues, or if you want to learn more about this case, please contact our auto lawyers toll free at (866) 981-4800 or by filling out the form to the right.