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Own or lease a 2016-2023 Chrysler Pacifica? A dangerous defect with your minivan’s Stow ‘n Go and Auto Advance ‘n Return systems could lead to injury. You may be entitled to compensation for this defect. Find out your rights »


According to reports, Chrysler’s Stow ‘n Go and Auto Advance ‘n Return systems may fail to detect an object or resistance when the vehicle is in motion, leading to injury of vehicle occupants, including children, who would be trapped, crushed or otherwise hurt by the system’s failure to stop. The defect may be present in more than 500,000 Chrysler Pacifica minivans already sold or leased to consumers in the U.S. which has already been linked to at least one instance of injury in which a child was rendered unconscious.


Initial research indicates the defect may be present in the more than 500,000 Chrysler Pacifica minivans sold or leased to consumers:

  • 2016 – 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Minivans

Hagens Berman is investigating additional affected models and years.


Fiat Chrysler designed the Stow ‘n Go and Auto Advance ‘n Return systems to allow rear seats to fold into the vehicle’s storage area, with the vehicle’s sensors switching between various stowing positions automatically. The Stow ‘n Go and Auto Advance ‘n Return work in tandem to assist in moving seats within the vehicle for stage capabilities. These one-touch power seats, as described by Chrysler, can shift and fold  in various ways, meaning that if the system does not recognize resistance of a body in the way, the mechanism could quickly lead to injury, suffocation or other harm. Reports indicate that the Stow ‘n Go and Auto Advance ‘n Return systems may fail to operate properly while the vehicle is in motion, failing to detect and retract when encountering an object or resistance, creating a trap or crush risk for vehicle occupants, especially children.

In one such report, the Auto Advance ‘n Return system trapped a toddler’s neck between the front and rear passenger seats, causing the child to lose consciousness before the feature could be released.


In an auto defect case, a class-action lawsuit often seeks repayment for vehicle owners and lessees for related losses, including loss of vehicle value due to the defect. Class members may have other claims to repayment as well under the law. The lawsuit may seek to create a fund paid for by the automaker to compensate those affected for out-of-pocket costs incurred when trying to fix the effects of the defect, including attempted repairs, replacements, damage to property and other losses.


While the defect is still under investigation, we believe Chrysler owes more to those owners and lessees faced with this danger in their family vehicles. We think people put in harm's way by this dangerous defect should receive immediate help. Chrysler has so far ignored reports of injuries due to its Stow ‘n Go and Auto Advance ‘n Return systems


Hagens Berman is one of the most successful auto litigation law firms in the U.S. and is presently leading nationwide cases against major automakers for emissions-cheating, safety defects and negligence, and your claim will be handled by attorneys experienced in automotive consumer law.


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