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General Motors is facing a class action lawsuit over allegations of emissions cheating on Chevrolet and GMC diesel trucks. The alleged emissions cheating was uncovered as a result of an investigation launched in the wake of the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal into possible emissions cheating involving other automakers.
According to the class action lawsuit, GM installed a software defeat device on 2011-2016 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD Duramax diesel models. More than 700,000 trucks were equipped with the emissions software, which was designed to conceal excess emissions levels in these vehicles from drivers and regulators.
The software defeat device installed on the affected Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra diesel trucks was designed to lower the vehiclesâ€™ emissions levels when they are driven at steady speeds in temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit â€“ the same conditions that emissions tests are conducted under. Outsides of these conditions, tests have revealed that the affected Chevy and GMC trucks emit pollution levels that are four to five times the maximum level allowed under federal law.
The investigation that uncovered the alleged emissions cheating on GMâ€™s diesel truck models was launched in the wake of the 2015 Dieselgate scandal involving VW and Audi diesel vehicles. Following an EPA investigation, Volkswagen was forced to admit that it had installed emissions cheating software on 11 million â€śTDI Clean Dieselâ€ť models worldwide. Volkswagen later agreed to pay $14.7 million to settle emissions cheating allegations in the U.S. arising out of the Dieselgate scandal.
Investigations that were launched in the wake of the VW emissions scandal uncovered software defeat devices that were installed on vehicles sold by other automakers. In 2016, Audi was accused of emissions cheating on thousands of gasoline-powered models sold between 2012 and 2017. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the company over these allegations.
Chrysler has also faced allegations of emissions cheating on its Dodge RAM 1500, RAM 2500, RAM 3500, and Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel models. Several lawsuits on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of truck owners who purchased vehicles affected by Chryslerâ€™s emissions cheating have already been filed in the U.S.
If you own or lease one of the Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra 2500 HD, or GMC Sierra 3500 HD Duramax diesel models that were affected by GMâ€™s alleged emissions cheating, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for the lost value of your vehicle. The first step in taking legal action is to consult with an attorney to find out more about your legal rights and options.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed emissions cheating lawsuits on behalf of Audi, Chevy, Dodge, Jeep, GMC, and Volkswagen owners affected by emission cheating by these automakers. One of our firmâ€™s partners, Michael Heygood, was named to the Plaintiffsâ€™ Steering Committee that helped to negotiate the $14.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen as part of lawsuits filed in connection with the Dieselgate scandal.
For more information about the emissions cheating lawsuits filed against GM and to learn more about whether you may qualify to file a claim, contact Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few short questions about your case to get started.