Chrysler named in class action lawsuit over defect in headlight harness of Dodge Chargers

Chrysler

Chrysler

 

Plaintiff brings this lawsuit on behalf of a proposed class of consumers who purchased or leased 2011-2012 Charger vehicles in California claiming the headlight harnesses that Chrysler factory-installed in 2011-2012 Dodge Chargers are defective. A headlight harness is a set of wires that connects the vehicle’s headlight bulbs to its electrical system. In March 2012, Chrysler recalled the headlight harnesses in the 2011 and 2012 Dodge Charger police vehicles. The recall notice stated that the headlight harnesses connectors melt, causing the vehicle’s headlights to fail. The recall notice also stated a recall was necessary because a “loss of headlamps during nighttime driving could cause a crash without warning.”

As in the police vehicles, the headlight harness connectors in the 2011- 2012 Dodge Chargers purchased by Plaintiff and others overheat and melt, causing the vehicles’ headlights to suddenly fail. But Chrysler has not recalled the defective headlight harnesses that it factory-installed in civilian vehicles. Nor has it warned purchasers other than police departments that their vehicle headlights can suddenly fail or that replacing the headlight bulb will not fix the problem. Because Chrysler has not taken any action to remedy the defect in civilian models, Plaintiff and other Charger drivers must pay out of pocket to diagnose and repair the problem.

 


rick l. said
1086 days ago
Having the same issue on my passenger side low beam headlight the bulb flickered a few times it completely went out. Bought a new high quality bulb went to change out and noticed the wiring was melted.


DELON B. said
1061 days ago
my driver side low beam wiring harness is burned out cerritos dodge chrysler told me i have to replace it my self


michael b. said
1055 days ago
My driver side headlight Keeps burning out.


Mike C. said
1018 days ago
Paid hundreds of dollars to get the wiring replaced on the passenger side. My driver side bulbs burn out every few months. Getting sick of going to the dealer for this. Should have bought a Ford vehicle


Mary J. said
1018 days ago
I have a 2012 dodge charger and my headlights went out and also my keys stop working and had to pay $300.00. My whole car shut down and wouldn't crank back up. The air bag on the passenger side may not inflate on impact and had a recall and still not done keep taking it to the dealer ship and they keep putting it off. So could you please give me a call I paid $26,000 on my vehicle. Thank You, Mary James....


Steven M. said
1012 days ago
I have a 2012 dodge charger, paid about 25,xxx for it. My passenger side headlight wires are melting, took it to the dealer ship, they said it was gonna be $300.00 dollars to fix the headlight. And I ask if there's a recall for it. I've heard there is, and they looked it up and said no, I've been pulled over because of this.


BETTY C. said
1012 days ago
Both harnesses have burned out completely. I went to the dealership to report the problem, but no one seems to know the answer. The dealership only advice is to replace it, but I have replaced these things 2 times already and it is driving me insane. Cars that are poorly manufactured, the dealer/maker should take the responsibility and make it right.


velicia m. said
1006 days ago
I have this same issue my passenger side headlight burned out the wire harness is melted. Took car to local dealer and explained issue to them and even showed them. I had to pay $100 for them to come and tell me what I already new they sadi yes there is a recall for this issue but sorry you car was not included in the recall in order to fix this issue it will cost $1000 how can they justify this? this is a safte issue and it is the same issue as the recall and it should be fixed for free


K.C. r. said
998 days ago
Yes300c2005pass side off an on


Ruby N. said
907 days ago
My driver side light keep going out!


ted m. said
828 days ago
I had the same issues with my 2011 charger lights .I contacted Cerritos dodge many times and they ordered the part twice . I replaced the bulbs which worked for a short while then out again . I just got the wiring harness changed and now it says right front turn signal out (I replaced the bulb and still the same ) the mechanic and I use that loosely had left my harness hanging and my marker light was left inside the engine compartment and the covers for passenger side lights were left loose .


Gregory B. said
812 days ago
Having similar issues...... my charger after 6 months and approximately 35000 mi, 3months ago shut down after illuminating the dash, making a whining sound, wind shield wipers operating without prompt, and radio and ac/heat defunct. This happen while driving. Chrysler Corp. had my car towed for inspection but did not fix. I was told it was not covered under "recall". It was eventually towed at my expense to dealership where by they had to replace alternator and battery again at my expense ($1200). Now my passenger side headlight keeps going out and I'm smelling a wire burning. Also I'm getting this intermittent ticking near or from the steering column and my heat only blows for hot for a minute or two before going cold


Gregory B. said
812 days ago
Having similar issues...... my charger after 6 months and approximately 35000 mi, 3months ago shut down after illuminating the dash, making a whining sound, wind shield wipers operating without prompt, and radio and ac/heat defunct. This happen while driving. Chrysler Corp. had my car towed for inspection but did not fix. I was told it was not covered under "recall". It was eventually towed at my expense to dealership where by they had to replace alternator and battery again at my expense ($1200). Now my passenger side headlight keeps going out and I'm smelling a wire burning. Also I'm getting this intermittent ticking near or from the steering column and my heat only blows for hot for a minute or two before going cold


Gregory B. said
812 days ago
Having similar issues...... my charger after 6 months and approximately 35000 mi, 3months ago shut down after illuminating the dash, making a whining sound, wind shield wipers operating without prompt, and radio and ac/heat defunct. This happen while driving. Chrysler Corp. had my car towed for inspection but did not fix. I was told it was not covered under "recall". It was eventually towed at my expense to dealership where by they had to replace alternator and battery again at my expense ($1200). Now my passenger side headlight keeps going out and I'm smelling a wire burning. Also I'm getting this intermittent ticking near or from the steering column and my heat only blows for hot for a minute or two before going cold


ashley p. said
800 days ago


David S. said
782 days ago
I'm having the same issue with my 2011 Charger. Replaced the driver side bulb 3 times in 2014. The last time it only worked for 1 day.

I've also had to replace the alternator at about 38k miles. I had the same experience with the wipers going by themselves and the windows, AC, heat was non-responsive.


David S. said
782 days ago
I found out that there is a recall for the headlight issue and the alternator issue.


peter H. said
735 days ago
Having same trouble with w010 Dodge Ram 1500. Drivers side only. On my 5th harness now. And it just did the same thing again last night. This is BULLS!*T..... Here goes #6 harness and another $35.....


said
701 days ago
Same issue on passenger side has replaced bulbs twice already


Darrick S. said
677 days ago
Having the same issues, replace the driver side light three times within five months. They all were burnt and melted.


Aaron C. said
667 days ago
I have the and problem with my 07 Chrysler 300...But seeing as how Chrysler refuses to about other recalls, like the gear shift "pink thing" and the airbag recall, I doubt they'll get around to this.


Aaron C. said
667 days ago
I have the and problem with my 07 Chrysler 300...But seeing as how Chrysler refuses to about other recalls, like the gear shift "pink thing" and the airbag recall, I doubt they'll get around to this.


Cyra H. said
627 days ago
Having the same problem. Now both headlights keep going out. Replaced switch but still having the problem. Took my car to dodge land on several occasions and they still won't fix it. They refuse to fix. I have 2011 Dodge Charger r/t.


Kenya M. said
538 days ago
I had the same problems with the headlights issue. After threatening to sue, both headlight harnesses were replaced. The alternator had to be replaced after the car shut down with my daughter driving it. Now the abs, traction, and brake lights are coming on. Saturday night, 07/31/2015, the car would not go over 10 on the speedometer hand until she turned the car off and restarted it.
Buying this car was the biggest mistake that I've every made on purchasing a vehicle.


Mariano P. said
534 days ago
Driver side Headlight burns out approx once every 2.5 to 3 months! This is costly and unsafe to operate.


Lisa S. said
479 days ago
My 2011 Dodge Charger completely shut down due to the wiring harness..had to replace it plus the alternater..replaced it at the cost of 900.00...Dodge has not yet even offered reimbursement for anything...another recall was sent to me.. I took my car to the dealership..was told that they had not yet received parts amd would notify me..I have heard nothing.. it's been 7 months..


Therron F. said
471 days ago
My 2012 charger rt is doing. The same thing. That. The recall. State but they. SAy my car was. Not include. In the Recall. This. Headlights. Issued. Need to taking care. By Chrysler


Therron F. said
471 days ago
My 2012 charger rt is doing. The same thing. That. The recall. State but they. SAy my car was. Not include. In the Recall. This. Headlights. Issued. Need to taking care. By Chrysler


Elbio S. said
427 days ago
Same here, took in my 2012 sxt plus to the dealership and they told me that the headlamp wiring was a recall and that everything was checked and fine, now that wiring is actually faulty and my driver side light is burnt out they're telling me I might have to pay if Chrysler doesn't reimburse them, so let me get this right, we have a recall on a major safety concern and I have to pay? Well that's a sure way to loose a customer, or even worse, someone's life.


Jerry R. said
415 days ago
2011 Dodge Ram 2500 passenger side hi and low beams not working dealer wants 250.00 to fix what appears to bbe faulty engineering on Dodges part.


Renaldo D. said
338 days ago
I am having a similar issue with my lights and now I have to pay over 2000 dollars to fix my problem it has been going for sometime... It has been in the shop and I have been paying to get it fixed every time and now they finally tell me I have to replace the assemblies


christie w. said
336 days ago
I have a 2011 Dodge Charger.I've had alternator failure twice.The first time was before the recall and the second time I was out of state and had to spend extra money to get a room.The second time they finally had it on the recall.My passenger airbag won't go off.I replaced my drivers low beam light twice and it has went out again.Both of my headlights are new due to accidents.I'm at a point where I want to trade it in and be done with Dodge. They spend more time on the looks of the charger but not the engine and performance.


lafretta h. said
326 days ago
I am having the same problem with my 2011 Dodge charger r/t had them checked only to be told the lights are fine but they continue to cut off while driving at night. Was told o would have to replace the defected part myself


Araceli S. said
301 days ago
Having the same headlight issue... Unsafe prob. Passenger side headlight goes out every 2-3 months!


Araceli S. said
301 days ago
Having the same headlight issue... Unsafe prob. Passenger side headlight goes out every 2-3 months!


Garland P. said
272 days ago
Same issue 2012 Dodge Charger...Driver side headlights keeps going out!


Mike H. said
142 days ago
I have the same problem with head light on the passenger side of my 2011 charger. I smell some type of wire burning. I had to pay out of the pocket for new battery when it was the alternator. Heat windows wipers operating on there own. Gas lid opened on its own and blew off


Brent L. said
107 days ago
I have the same problem with my 2013 Dodge Ram 1500


Erica B. said
95 days ago
Having same issue with my 2011 charger. Recall doesn't cover my R/T model. How is that fair when it's same issue?


Terri M. said
82 days ago
I am having the same problem with my 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 while my warranty was just about over, since I took it in a few days after the warranty up nothing has been covered. Drivers side headlight high & low beam working intermittently. I have been to 2 dealers so far & spent $500 so far & 4 times in the shop to try to get this resolved. As of now, still no working headlight, goes back in the shop tomorrow. This really needs to be a recall issue! You can find similar issues like this all over the web by doing a search. I just really need this issue resolved Permanently any help is appreciated!


Oleg V. said
79 days ago
2012 Dodge Charger. Had to replace my right and left headlights 3 times. On the interstate, both headlights went out causing a blackout while driving. Had to switch to high beam just to get home. Could have been a serious accident if not for my quick thinking.


Morris P. said
77 days ago
Driver side headlight burn out for the third time in the last seven months on our 2011 Town & Country van. THERE should be a recall for this expensive problem!


stephen h. said
69 days ago
2012 dodge charger-first the alternator dies and the car locks up in an intersection, now my headlights wont stay on (after being replaced twice), the remote start no longer works for more than 20 seconds, and now im being told theres a defect somewhere in the oil filter assembly and a local garage refused to give me an oil change because of it. Almost forgot about the ebs turning on by itself when its not needed. Definitely not cool when this happens on the highway and i have to pull over and turn the car off to reset it. Of course Mopar and Dodge are no help. I guess one of us has to be killed or seriously injured before they do whats right and stand behind their products.


david m. said
65 days ago
My 2010 charger have the same problem with the headlights where the wire harness connect to the bulb are melting and causing low beams to shut off completely. ..this has to be a safety recall for dodge or one hell of a law suit! !!!


Melissa S. said
42 days ago
I have been pulled over by the police because of my driver headlight not working so I ordered a new plug for it because I noticed it was burnt inside when I went to change the light and the light suddenly came on. so the light was still good but the plug was burnt. this was about a month ago and last night I was pulled over again for the same reason this morning I went out and checked it and sure enough my new plug is burnt and the bulb it self is still good what do i do. please help


Machion C. said
11 days ago
Yes, I have a 2014 Dodge Charge SE and my headlight just went out and the automotive shop informed me it was the wiring. Chrysler need to find a fix, issue a recall, and take care of this matter!!!

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