An Australian chauffeur who claims his 2014 Chrysler 300C is defective has launched a social media campaign against Fiat Chrysler Australia in attempt to turn more attention to his cause.
In a video posted to Facebook, Aviram Goldwasser of Melbourne said his 300c leaked diesel fumes into the cabin, negatively affecting not only his business but his health as well. The 43-year old father of two claims he lost more than $40,000 of income as a result of not being able to drive the car and has spent almost $30,00 battling FCA over the matter.
“The car was not fit for purpose for seven months, it wasn’t fixed in a reasonable time, and they’ve done nothing to mitigate my losses,” Goldwasser told Australia’s news.com.au in an interview. “On top of this, they’ve breached their duty of care for me, my passengers and other road users. There was carbon monoxide in the car.”
FCA says it has repaired the fault in Goldwasser’s 300c, which was traced back to a leaking diesel particulate filter and exhaust gas recirculation tube by an independent repair shop. The automaker also says it offered Goldwasser compensation for the days he could prove it was off the road.
The dealership Goldwasser purchased the car from has pushed back against the full amount of his claims of lost income, which he says occurred between October 2015 and May 2016. He has contacted Fair Trading and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for further help with the matter.
Following a reques for comment from news.com.au, an ACCC spokeswoman said it is “not appropriate for the ACCC to comment on an individual dispute between a consumer and FCA,” but added that “the ACCC is currently monitoring the progress of FCA’s Consumer Redress Program and FCA’s broader compliance with the Australian Consumer Law.”