Charger Door Panels Melt and Warp Under the Heat of the Sun
There is a door panel defect in certain model years of the 7th generation Charger. The panels warp and pull away from where they meet the window, leaving an unsightly gap that causes more problems than cosmetics. A class-action lawsuit is tired of Dodge treating the issue like it's no big deal.
Dodge Charger owners are tired of their interior door panels warping and, in some cases, falling off. The issue has been plaguing owners since the 2015 model year and has continued throughout the vehicle's 7th generation.
The issue also affects other Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) vehicles such as the Chrysler 300.
The problem is so widespread that owners say there's a huge backlog when waiting for replacement panels.
And even if you're lucky enough to get one, it's the same defective panel installed in the same defective way. So it's only a matter of time before it fails in the same defective way.
Owners have had success getting the replacements done under warranty but eventually those warranties run out and the panels will fail after that happens. Owners have turned to insurance companies to pickup some of the bill but despite the potential airbag interference there hasn't been much luck.
The automaker has been accused of refusing to do anything about a problem that's been happening since the 2014 model year. It's a problem that can affect the side airbags from deploying or the doors from locking. It's also ugly-as-sin and drastically reduces the car's resale value.
And while FCA does offer replacements to owners under warranty, the process often takes months. This forces some owners to seek out a 3rd party solution, an act which the lead plaintiff calls "intentional":
Defendant’s [FCA's] goal in refusing to make repairs in a reasonably prompt fashion is obvious: some customers will forgo the repairs, have the repair completed elsewhere, or neglect the repair until their warranties expire, thus saving Defendant the cost of making the in-warranty repairs.
The lawsuit simply wants FCA to cover the out-of-pocket expenses related to the door panels popping off.