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Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP Investigates Potential Claims on Behalf of Ram 1500 (2013-2016)  and Dodge Durango (2014-2016) Owners and Lessors

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (“FCA”) is once again under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”). 

The Office of Defects Investigation has identified 43 complaints alleging vehicle roll-away from a parked position in 2013-2016 Ram 1500 and 2014-2016 Dodge Durango.  Both of these vehicles are equipped with an electronically shifted transmission and electronic rotary control for driver gear selections.  The complaints alleged that the vehicles rolled away after the driver moved the transmission gear selector to “Park” and exited the vehicle. According to reports, twenty-five crashes and nine injuries have been alleged.

Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP (“Kessler Topaz”) is investigating potential class action claims on behalf of owners or lessors of the affected vehicles.  Recently, a Court appointed Kessler Topaz as a member of the Executive Committee in a case involving similar allegations (In Re: FCA US LLC Monostable Electronic Gearshift Litigation, MDL No. 2744), currently pending in the United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan. 

Approximately 1,000,000 vehicles are affected by the Ram/Durango investigation.  These vehicles do not have electronic parking brakes that automatically engage if the driver does not select park and then opens the door with the seatbelt unbuckled. The Ram 1500 and Durango have mechanical, manually operated parking brakes. 

If you currently own or lease one of the affected vehicles, and would like to learn more about our investigation, please fill out our online form, or contact us today at 888-299-7706 or by email at info@ktmc.com.