Defective Products

Chrysler Minivan Latches

Result: 3.8 million vehicles recalled to replace faulty rear latches
Year: 1995

Hanlon v. Chrysler Corp. Defective Minivan Latches Litigation

In 1995, the district court approved a $200+ million settlement enforcing Chrysler’s comprehensive minivan rear latch replacement program, and to correct alleged safety problems with Chrysler’s pre-1995 designs.

As part of the settlement, Chrysler agreed to replace the rear latches with redesigned latches. The settlement was affirmed on appeal by the Ninth Circuit in Hanlon v. Chrysler Corp., 150 F.3d 1011 (1998).