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Truck owners have filed a pair of class action lawsuits over allegations of diesel emissions cheating on Dodge and Jeep trucks. The lawsuits allege that Fiat Chrysler â€“ the manufacture of Dodge and Jeep vehicles â€“ conspired with the engine manufacturer Cummins and the parts manufacturer Bosch to conceal high diesel emissions levels on certain Dodge RAM and Jeep Grand Cherokee models.
The firstÂ class action, filed against Fiat Chrysler and Cummins, involves about 500,000 Dodge RAM diesel trucks, including the following:
The secondÂ class action lawsuit, filed against Fiat Chrysler and Bosch, involves more than 140,000 Dodge RAM 1500s and Jeep Grand Cherokee trucks, including vehicles for the following model years:
Consumers who owned or leased one of these Dodge RAM or Jeep Grand Cherokee models may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler.
The firstÂ class action lawsuit alleges that the Cummins diesel engine on 2007-2012 Dodge RAM 2500 and Dodge RAM 3500 models emits high levels of nitrogen oxide up to 14 times higher than federal pollution standards. As a result of these high emissions levels, the catalytic converters on the affected vehicles may wear out far sooner than intended, costing owners thousands in potential repair costs.
When the emissions system on one of these Dodge Ram 2500 or 3500 diesel models fails, the warning light in the vehicle will turn on. If drivers do not take the vehicle to be repaired within a short period of time, the cars will go into â€ślimp mode,â€ť allowing them to be driven only at very slow speeds.
According to the lawsuit, Chrysler and Cummins hid the true emissions levels of these RAM diesel models from the EPA and consumers. Chrysler marketed the Dodge RAM 2500 and 3500 as the â€śstrongest, cleanest, quietestâ€ť diesel engine in its class, despite its knowledge of the trucksâ€™ emissions problem. The suit accuses the two companies of misleading the public, hiding the vehiclesâ€™ true emissions levels, illegally selling air-polluting trucks, and violating the RICO Act. The lawsuit is seeking reimbursement for vehicle owners who purchased one of the affected Dodge RAM 2500 or 3500 diesel models, as well as penalties against Chrysler and Cummins.
Earlier this year, Chrysler recalled 2013-15 Dodge RAM 2500 trucks equipped with a 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine because of moisture problems that could damage the trucksâ€™ catalytic converters, causing them to emit high levels of emissions. Chrysler and Cummins are currently embroiled in litigation as to which company is responsible for the $60 million cost of the recall. The class action lawsuit filed against Chrysler and Cummins seeks to expand the recall back to 2007 truck models.
The class action lawsuit filed against Chrysler and Bosch accuses the two companies of installing an emissions defeat device on 2014-2016 Dodge RAM 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel models. This defeat device was designed to hide nitrogen oxide emissions from the vehicles that were up to 10 times above federal pollution limits.
The EcoDiesel technology in the Dodge RAM and Jeep Grand Cherokee models involved in the lawsuit is designed to reduce emission levels from the engine. By doing so, the lawsuit alleges, the performance of the vehicles is reduced. The only way for the vehicles to achieve the fuel economy, towing power, and performance advertised by Chrysler is to turn off the EcoDiesel technology while the vehicles are being driven.
The lawsuit against Chrysler and Bosch alleges that the companies knowingly equipped the affected Dodge RAM and Jeep Grand Cherokee models with an emissions defeat device designed to achieve the advertised performance and evade federal pollution standards. The defeat devices used on these cars was similar to the device used by Volkswagen on its VW and Audi â€śTDI Clean Dieselâ€ť models involved in the Dieselgate scandal.
Consumers who purchased or leased one of the 150,000 Dodge RAM 1500 or 9,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee models involved in this litigation paid about $4,700 more for the environmental benefits of these EcoDiesel vehicles. Vehicle owners may also face out-of-pocket expenses, future repair costs, and diminished resale value because of Chrysler and Boschâ€™s alleged emissions cheating.
If you purchased or leased one of the Dodge RAM or Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel models involved in Chryslerâ€™s emissions cheating, you may qualify to file a lawsuit to recover the costs they have incurred as a result of the companyâ€™s deceptive practices. The first step in filing a claim is to speak with an attorney with experience in automotive litigation to guide you through the process of filing a case.
The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson are currently representing hundreds of Volkswagen and Audi diesel owners whose vehicles were affected by emissions cheating by VW. One of the firmâ€™s partners, Michael Heygood, was named to the Plaintiffsâ€™ Steering Committee that is overseeing the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in California involving the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have decades of legal experience in cases involving defective products and other commercial litigation matters. Our attorneys have taken on some of the worldâ€™s largest corporations on behalf of our clients. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we believe that everyone should have access to experienced, professional legal counsel to ensure that their rights are fully protected in a court of law.
For more information about the lawsuits filed against Chrysler and to find out if you qualify to file a lawsuit, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located at the top of this page.