Dodge Demon Owners Sue Ford Over Self-Eating Hoods
A group of Dodge Demon owners is suing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles over an alleged hood design defect they say is causing the paint to chip away on their cars.
The Demons’ hood scoop, a giant air intake that spans nearly the width of the cars’ hoods, features a plastic insert that rubs against the hood and chips paint, the car owners said in the new lawsuit.
They said Fiat Chrysler’s attempts to fix the problem after the fact are too late. The company has declined to cover the cost of fixing the paint chips, according to the lawsuit.
“Dodge Demon owners experience costly repairs, including paint repairs that do not match the factory finish, and/or replacement of the entire hood, and/or replacement of the original hood scoop insert with a different, visibly smaller one -- all of which will significantly impact the value and future collectability of the” car “since it will no longer be considered ‘original’ or ‘to factory specification,’” the owners said in the lawsuit.
Fiat Chrysler denied any wrongdoing in a statement provided to Road & Track.
“FCA believes this issue has been addressed and will be vigorously defending the reputation of our products in this matter,” the company said.
Car Defects: Safety Risks and Legal Rights
The alleged Dodge Demon defects do not appear to put drivers and passengers at a higher safety risk. However, millions of Fiat Chrysler and other vehicles are recalled every year because of significant defects that can and do threaten the safety of everyone on the road.
Earlier this year, for example, FCA recalled some 160,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks because of a pedal defect. The company said at the time that the problem could cause pedals to malfunction, making it harder for drivers to decelerate cars while moving.
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