Who is a Class Member
Class Members in the Stoneridge Defective Clutch Settlement include “United States residents who currently own vehicles equipped with manual transmissions that incorporate CSIDs built between February 24, 2005 and January 1, 2007.”
Note: Chrysler is conducting recall campaigns supervised by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that apply to some of these vehicles, and vehicles that are subject to the recall campaigns are excluded from the Settlement Class.
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- Free Clutch Safety Interlock Device Replacement Part
Proof of Purchase
- To receive a free replacement part, claimants must provide vehicle information, including the date code on your clutch safety interlock switch. (Be sure to follow the bolded safety warning indicated on the claim form when retrieving the date code on your Clutch Safety Interlock Device.)
Stoneridge Defective Clutch Settlement Notes
- Ricky Royal, et al. v. Stoneridge Control Device, Inc.
- Case No. 5:14-cv-01410-F
- Pending in the U.S. District Court for the Western Division of Oklahoma
In 2014, plaintiff Ricky Royal. initiated this putative class action lawsuit against Stoneridge Inc., alleging certain manual transmission Chrysler vehicles are equipped with defective clutches. Specifically, Royal claimed he was forced to partially pay for repairs to his 2006 Dodge Ram’s clutch safety interlock device (CSID) after his vehicle rolled forward without the clutch being pressed.
According to the Stoneridge defective clutch class action lawsuit, CSIDs operate to prevent ignition unless a vehicle’s clutch pedal is depressed. Royal and the other named plaintiffs say that the alleged defective CSIDs could result in unintended vehicle movement without warning, prevent engine start up without prior warning, and could cause a crash. The lawsuit further contends that Stoneridge is contractually obligated to notify owners of vehicles containing the alleged defective CSIDs and pay for damages they have sustained, including replacing their CSIDs.
Royal’s lawsuit was filed days before FCA US (formerly Chrysler Group) recalled 67,000 Dodge trucks over defective clutch safety interlock devices.
Stoneridge denies that the CSIDs are defective and denies that it owes any indemnity obligations to any of the owners of vehicles containing the subject CSIDs.
Under the terms of the settlement, Stoneridge will provide all participating Class Members who submit a valid and timely claim with a free replacement CSID. The retail value of a replacement CSID is approximately $80.
Class members who wish to exclude themselves or object to the terms of the Stoneridge defective clutch settlement must do so by January 9 2018. Class members who wish to submit a claim for a free replacement part valued at $80 must do so by October 5, 2018.
- 10/5/18: Claim Form Deadline
- 1/9/18: Objection or Exclusion Deadline
- 1/30/18: Final Approval Hearing at 9:00 am CT (class members do not need to attend this hearing in order to receive a slice of the settlement pie).
- Mail: Clutch Switch Settlement, c/o Heffler Claims Group, PO Box 58819, Philadelphia, PA 19102-8819
- Phone: 1-844-367-8894