The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a class action lawsuit filed against Fiat Chrysler by 2004-2008 Chrysler Pacifica owners.
Plaintiffs sought reimbursement after the engine cradles in their 2004-2008 model year Pacificas allegedly began to rust. FCA issued a technical service bulletin in regards to problem in 2010, but issued another in 2012 claiming only Pacificas manufactured within a certain six-week timeframe would be covered by the extended warranty.
According to the suit, thousands of Pacificas manufactured outside the six-week timeframe suffered rusted engine cradles, forcing owners to stop driving the cars. It accused FCA of fraudulent concealment as it acknowledged the defect in some cars, yet denied it existed in around 302,000 others.
The suit was dismissed Tuesday after the federal court of appeals ruled FCA had no legal duty to warn owners or offer repairs for the alleged defect.