What is a Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM)?
If you've heard of a TIPM, chances are you probably own a 2007-2014 Jeep or other vehicle from Fiat-Chrysler (FCA). From ChryslerProblems.com:
“Think of the TIPM like a command center for all the electrical functions of your car. Want to turn on your wipers? That has to go through the TIPM. Need the fuel pump to turn on after you turn the key? You’ll have to run it through TIPM first.&rdqup;
It’s widely believed that hundreds of thousands of 2007–2014 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles have defective TIPMs that are putting owners in dangerous and sometimes just strange situations.
When a TIPM starts to fail...
- The airbags won't deploy in a crash but will deploy at random
- The starter cranks until it burns out
- The HORN goes off at random TIMES
- Power windows won't work or randomly open themselves
- The fuel pump doesn't turn off after you turn the engine off
The a full breakdown of TIPM breakdowns is on ChryslerProblems.com.
FCA Vehicles with Suspected TIPM Problems
The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) filed a petition asking NHTSA to investigate alleged problems with Totally Integrated Power Modules (TIPMs) installed in Chrysler vehicles since 2007. Nearly a year later, that petition was denied.
|Chrysler||300||2008||Part of lawsuit|
|Grand Voyager||2007–2015||Petition denied|
|Town & Country||2007–2015||Petition denied|
|Dodge||Durango||2007–2015||2011 partially recalled
The rest petitioned denied
|Grand Caravan||2011–2012||Part of lawsuit|
|Ram 1500||2007–2015||Petition denied|
|Ram 2500||2007–2015||Petition denied|
|Ram 3500||2007–2015||Petition denied|
|Ram 4500||2007–2015||Petition denied|
|Ram 5500||2007–2015||Petition denied|
|Ram Cargo Van||2007–2015||Petition denied|
|Jeep||Grand Cherokee||2007–2015||2011 partially recalled
2011–2012 in TIPM lawsuit
All others petitioned denied
What Owners Are Saying
“The car started having issues with the door locking system. Dealer said it was a broken wire. Charged $110 for the diagnosis. Brought the car in for the repair and after half a day I got a phone call saying the wires are in good shape, but the problem now was the TIPM that needed to be changed all together. Part was not in stock and had to be ordered. Now I won't be able to drive my car for another day. Estimated cost to get the part and replace it (10 minute procedure) $1,350. Are you crazy?”
“Can't drive it at all. Obviously a defective TIPM. Horn honks, wipers and fluid squirting the engine shuts down or won't shut off. Probably will have to have it towed to a Jeep mechanic to have a new TIPM installed. $$$$ Jeep needs to issue a recall on this.”
TIPM Recalls for Jeep Owners
Overall, a very small percentage of vehicles believed to have faulty TIPMs have actually been recalled for the issue:
|Dodge||Durango||2011||01/05/2010 – 07/20/2011||September 2014|
|Jeep||Grand Cherokee||2011||01/05/2010 – 07/20/2011||September 2014|
Chrysler TIPM Settlement
- Free fuel pump relay repairs
- An extended warranty on fuel pump repairs up to 7 years / 70,000 miles (whichever comes first)
- Reimbursement for previous TIPM replacements, diagnostics, and rental car expenses.
To see your options or to find out how to submit a claim, visit TIPMsettlement.com.
Additioinal Settlement Details
- Chrysler wants everyone to know they’re not admitting a defect or a liability exists and they’re only settling to “avoid costly long-term litigation.” Whatever makes you sleep at night, guys.
- Chrysler acknowledges that finalization of the terms of the agreement is based on a voluntary recall of 2012–2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee to install a stronger pump relay external to the TIPM–7
- Reimbursement costs can go up to $1,200.
To recap, here’s where we stand with TIPM problems:
- July 3rd, 2007: Chrysler issued a recall for 296,550 Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Nitro vehicles from the 2007 model year. The vehicles were known to stall because the TIPM would reset itself due to a timing error.
- July 2nd, 2013: Chrysler recalled some vehicles that had airbags which weren’t deploying. The fix involved the dealers “reflashing the totally integrated power module).”
- November 22nd, 2013: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Chrysler for ignorning damgerous power management issues and a long wait for replacement problems.
- August 22nd, 2014: The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) peitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and asked them to open an investigation into TIPM issues. The CAS estimated 7 million vehicles have power issues.
- August 28th, 2014: A judge denied Chrysler’s motion to dismiss the class-action lawsuit from November, 2013.
- September 21st, 2014: Chrysler issues a recall for 189,000 vehicles including certain Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokees with bad TIPMs.
- November 16th, 2014: Another TIPM lawsuit gets filed in New York. It alleges Chrysler concealed the defect since 2005 and continued to install faulty parts until the 2014 model year.
- February 28th, 2015: Chrysler issues another recall for 467,000 SUVs because of fuel pump relay problems that cause engine stalling or starting problems.
- August 2nd, 2015: Nearly a year after the CAS petition, NHTSA says there’s no need to investigate FCA vehicles for stalling engines.
- September 20th, 2015: Chrysler agreed to settle the Dodge and Jeep TIPM lawsuit from November, 2013.
Actions You Can Take
This step is crucial, don't just complain on forums! The sites below will actively manage your complaints and turn them into useful statistics. Both CarComplaints.com and the CAS will report dangerous trends to the authorities and are often called upon by law firms for help with Class Action lawsuits. Make sure to file your complaint on all three sites, we can't stress that enough.
Step 1: File Your Complaint at CarComplaints.com
CarComplaints.com is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases. Add a Complaint
Step 2: Notify the Center for Auto Safety
The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits. Notify the CAS
Step 3: Report a Safety Concern to NHTSA
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues. Report to NHTSA
Velasco et al. v. Chrysler Group LLC, Case No. 2:13-cv–08080 ↩