The brakes on 2009 and 2010 Dodge Journeys are inadequate, causing premature failure and repeated, unexpected repair costs, according to a class action lawsuit filed in New Jersey.
The class action lawsuit claims the braking system in these vehicles is too small for the size and weight of the 2-ton Journey, which was Dodge’s first attempt at building and selling a cross-over vehicle (i.e., a combination of a mini-van and SUV).
“It has been widely reported that the brake pads and rotors are too small and too thin to handle the braking duties required by the size and weight of the Journey. The result is a significant increase in brake wear commencing from the date of purchase. It is not uncommon for the brakes on the Journey to fail at barely 12,000 miles requiring replacement of the pads and often shaving or resurfacing of the rotors, which can cause class members as much as $400,” the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit goes on to allege that Dodge was aware of this defect from “countless owner complaints and dealer records,” yet did nothing to remedy the defect or to provide notification to owners or lessees about the defect. “Instead, Dodge has selectively provided some class members with company ‘goodwill’ in the form of free or reduced cost repairs.”
The class action also takes issue with Dodge’s advertising statements, which claim the Journey is “safe, reliable and durable,” and their denial of warranty coverage of the brake system.
The Dodge Journey Class Action Lawsuit is brought on behalf of all current owners or lessees of a 2009 or 2010 Dodge Journey in New Jersey or California, and former owners or lessees of a 2009 or 2010 Journey in New Jersey or California who paid for a repair related to the braking system. It is alleging consumer fraud; unlawful, unfair and fraudulent business practices; and breach of warranty, among other allegations.
The lawsuit estimates 100,000 class vehicles are currently on American roads, meaning class members have collectively paid millions of dollars in repairs to their defective Dodge Journeys. A copy of the Dodge Journey Class Action Lawsuit can be read here.
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