Chrysler Group Inc. faces potential lawsuit over safety claims

Chrysler Group announced Monday it faces a potential lawsuit from a former employee alleging that the company falsely claimed the company has fixed defects in vehicles.

In a filing to the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, Chrysler argued that it has been subject to several claims from the former employee, who alleges that he was falsely told that the automaker was working on vehicle safety solutions for its fleet of passenger vehicles.

The complaint says that Chrysler has failed to provide any information to him regarding the potential lawsuit, and it has also asked the court to dismiss the case.

The automaker says it has cooperated with the Department of Justice and the State of Delaware on the case, and has “been fully cooperative with all relevant authorities.”

Chrysler’s new filing comes as the automaking giant is being sued by former employees who say the automakers auto safety problems were caused by fraud.

In January, Chrysler was hit with a federal civil lawsuit brought by a former executive, Robert Darden, alleging that he had been misled by Chrysler executives about the automakings vehicle safety efforts.

The suit alleges that Chrysler lied to Darden about the extent of the automaks safety fixes and said that Darden was never given access to documents to back up claims that the automakers had made about its vehicle safety.

Chrysler says it plans to vigorously defend itself against the claims.

The company also filed a counterclaim in the case against former Chrysler employees who alleged that the former executives had been fired for their involvement in a fraud scheme that led to the fraud claims.