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WB Investigates Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep TPMS Corrosion
Long winters can take a brutal toll on cars and trucks, particularly with respect to corrosion. WB has been investigating potential claims against Chrysler for faulty Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensor units. We believe that TPMS units on certain Chrysler / Dodge / Jeep vehicles use an aluminum alloy valve stem assembly that is subject to corrosion and failure. Corrosion may be causing the aluminum alloy retaining nuts or valve stems (which secure the sensors to the inside of the wheel) to split or fail, causing sensors to loosen and fall into the tires, causing the tires, in turn, to suddenly deflate.
Naturally, this is a very serious safety issue since rapid deflation at speed can lead to loss of vehicle control. Even if the failure only occurs while the vehicle is parked, the tire will likely be damaged and need replacement. The TPMS units themselves may cost upwards of $75 per tire to replace with updated units that use a rubber valve stem assembly that doesn’t corrode.
We are committed to prosecuting claims for safety-related defects against auto manufacturers. If you have experienced any of these corrosion problems or want more information, please contact us. As part of our ongoing investigation in these matters, we are looking for qualifying vehicles for our experts to inspect, including following vehicles manufactured after June 10, 2009:
- 2009 – 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 and 2500 trucks
- 2009 – 2011 Chrylser and Dodge Minivans, including Caravan, Grand Caravan and Town & Country models
- 2009 – 2011 Dodge Journeys
The date of manufacture is listed on a placard on the chassis inside the driver’s side door.
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