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This Tigershark Engine Lawsuit Will Affect Countless Drivers

Attention Michigan residents: if you bought or leased any vehicle with a Tigershark engine, a lawsuit has been filed. Allegedly, Chrysler equipped several models with a defective Tigershark engine. According to CarComplaints they filed on August 9, 2020. The Chrysler lawsuit is for defective engines. Apparently, 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir 4-cylinder engines burn excessive amounts of oil.

This 2020 Jeep Cherokee driving along the shore is one of the vehicles that comes equipped with a Tigershark engine
2020 Jeep Cherokee | Jeep

“The Tigershark engine lawsuit was filed for all consumers in Michigan who bought or leased any of these vehicles.”

CarComplaints

Which models are affected?

As many may already know, Fiat Chrysler Automotive US embodies other brands such as Jeep, Dodge, and Ram. The Tigershark engine lawsuit affects Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat, and Chrysler models. The following models are affected.

  • 2014-2020 Jeep Cherokee
  • 2015-2020 Jeep Renegade
  • 2017-2020 Jeep Compass
  • 2013-2016 Dodge Dart
  • 2015-2020 Ram ProMaster City
  • 2015-2016 Chrysler 200
  • 2016-2020 Fiat 500X
2020 Jeep Renegade off-roading through water. It can come equipped with the Tigershark engine.
2020 Jeep Renegade | Jeep

This class action lawsuit over Tigershark engines is largely due to dangers posed by extreme oil consumption. Additionally, the engines are known to stall unexpectedly while driving. This is extremely dangerous. In fact, many complaints have been made over this issue and the complaints can be compiled as evidence against Chrysler.

Oil Change, like the ones necessary to determine the issues with the Chrysler engine
Oil Change | Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Excessive oil consumption

Excessive oil consumption is a common complaint for these Tigershark engines. The Chrysler lawsuit is for the lost time, money, and vehicle value these issues allegedly cause. However, when you’re going up against a large entity like Chrysler, it’s difficult to say who will come out on top when all is said and done.

“According to the class action lawsuit, the Tigershark engines have caused customers to pay for constant quarts of oil to replace the extreme amounts of oil consumed from everyday driving.”

CarComplaints
A silver 2013 Dodge Dart sits on display at a car show. It's now affected by a major class action lawsuit
The 2013 Dodge Dart at The North American International Auto Show |David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images

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The situation is potentially dangerous

CarComplaints reports that owners complain about vehicles that stall during turns or acceleration. They stall during deceleration as well. This creates a massive safety hazard and renders the vehicle “inoperable.”

Caren Christman, one of the plaintiffs, says she lease brand new Jeep Compass from the 2018 model year in August of 2018. However, the Tigershark engine allegedly stalled with fewer than 5,000 miles because the oil was low.

So, the dealership added oil. Then Christman tells the story. A few months later the Tigershark engine stalled again. At the Jeep dealer, the tech reportedly claimed the oil was low. In fact, the tech recommended that Christman return every 1,000 miles three times in a row to test oil consumption. After the test, the dealer claimed her 2018 Jeep Compass was consuming a quart of oil per 1,000 miles.

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These models need FCA to approve a full engine replacement

Technicians conducted several more oil consumption tests. They confirmed that the Jeep consumed one quart of oil every 1,000 miles. Additionally, the Tigershark engine lawsuits say that Fiat Chrysler knows about the oil consumption issues. However, they don’t provide adequate repairs or replacement. Even when repairs are made under warranty, the plaintiff claims that the vehicles don’t stop consuming oil and stalling. Furthermore, many of the Tigershark engines need replacement.

The plaintiff was allegedly told “this problem is common in these vehicles and the only fix would be an engine replacement that FCA would have to approve. To date, FCA has not done so.”

CarComplaints

Allegedly, FCA knew about these engine problems as far back as 2013. Chrysler is said to have claimed the problem is acceptable and tells customers to add oil between oil changes. Sometimes, Chrysler replaces an engine. Even then, however, the replacement engines are “just as effective as the original.”

a red fiat 500X in an urban European area, just like the US models affected by the recent Chrysler lawsuit
Fiat 500X | FCA

Tigershark engine lawsuit

This Tigershark engine lawsuit was just filed. It’s on record in the United States District Court of the Southern Division of Michigan’s Eastern District. The Plaintiff, Caren Christman, is represented by Mantese Honigman, PC, Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP, Capstone Law APC, and Berger Montague PC.

A mechanic prepares to complete an oil change on a car like one of the affected models from the class action lawsuit
A man preparing to perform an oil change | Paul Kane/Getty Images

However, if you’ve been affected by one of these Tigershark engines, you should follow this Tigershark engine lawsuit. Other owners or leasers may recieve compensation as well. It’s a significant class action lawsuit filed on behalf of all affected Michigan residents.