The 1.2 PureTech engine block from the Stellantis group has not stopped making headlines. As part of the technical problems of this engine, l’ joint action against a large car company that is represented by lawyers Christophe Lèguevaques, Pierre Delivret and Jérémy Bousquet reached 1,000 participants on Thursday, October 30, which is an unusual requirement for it to take place.
Introduced in France in 2014, this procedure “allows victims of similar harm caused by a professional to gather and take legal action“, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance. The only condition is to bring together at least 1,000 people. And this is the case of the joint action “Stellantis PureTech”, which reached this point on Thursday October 30, although the deadline was set on December 31.
The conversation will be started by the Stellantis group
Victim of chronic faults associated with its oil-filled timing belt, the 1.2 PureTech engine equips cars that are best-selling in France, such as the Peugeot 2008, Citroën C4, DS 3 Crossback or Opel Corsa. On Facebook, the group brings together almost 20,000 drivers who report their problems with this engine. So much so that lawyers took the subject, at first, to try to negotiate with Stellantis.
The carmaker’s group has already organized two recall campaigns and notes that “some customers may experience timing belt damage due to premature aging of the oil“So he claims,”respecting the oil maintenance interval” and “using the correct oil to preserve the condition of the timing belt“.
“The struggle will be long, we know that”
“Now we will have to work hard to implement the joint action we proposed”, announced Maître Christophe Lèguevaques in a video published on social networks. According to the lawyer who founded the MyLeo platform, where the action is being prepared, participants will now have to fill out a questionnaire and provide supporting documents. In turn, the legal team is planning “work on different actions” which will be sent to the Stellantis group “to see if they want to discuss and propose interesting solutions.”
Michael – a motorist living in Les Mées (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) – was one of the first to announce the issue of the 1.2 PureTech engine. For him, the recognition of collective action is “victory“more”this is the first step“.”The struggle will be long, we all know that. Stellantis will remove it, to disappoint as many people as possible.“This Citroën C3 owner suffering from engine problems believes so”the process will continue for many years“.”But we will not stop“, he announces, while his car is still parked in the garage.
159€ to register for joint action
like “negative outcome of the conversation“, this common plan of action in any case to request access to administrative documents”in relation to records held by public authorities“and”the implementation of investigative action in the futurum to allow a civil judge to be asked to compel the group to submit certain documents, with a view to future trials on legality.“.
It is still possible to register for the collective action “Stellantis PureTech” until December 31,”or even a little later for latecomers“, according to Christophe Lèguevaques. The registration of the preliminary evidence procedure requires the payment of the amount of €159, where other costs may be added if the case continues. If the money is paid to compensate the owners of the vehicles affected, 12% of these will be paid. returned and lawyers behind the scenes, all taxes included.