Class Action: Defeat Devices Allowed Some EcoDiesel Vehicles to Cheat Emissions Testing

A Fiat Chrysler class action lawsuit may be an option for people who purchased EcoDiesel® branded Dodge Ram 1500 trucks and light-duty Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs manufactured from 2014-2016. Affected consumers may be eligible to pursue compensation with the help of a product liability attorney.

For more information, contact Attorney Group today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Fiat Chrysler class action lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.

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Over 100,000 Vehicles Reportedly Equipped with Cheating Software

A class action lawsuit alleges that Fiat Chrysler deceived customers, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other regulators, including the California Air Resources Board (CARB), through their promotion and sale of certain EcoDiesel® branded trucks and SUVs. According to the lawsuit, affected vehicles were equipped with a defeat device, or software algorithm, on engine management systems. The installed defeat devices detect emissions and adjust the vehicles’ emissions controls to allow them to pass emissions testing. As a result of alleged misrepresentations made by the defendants in the class action, plaintiffs and other potential class members purchased or leased affected vehicles that did not perform as claimed.

Affected vehicles equipped with Fiat Chrysler’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel® include: 

  • 2014-2016 Ram 1500
  • 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

In January 2017, the EPA and CARB issued separate Notices of Violation to Fiat Chrysler for violations of the Clean Air Act after detecting “auxiliary emissions control devices” in some of their EcoDiesel® vehicles. Vehicle manufacturers are required to disclose any software that could potentially modify emissions. Fiat Chrysler knew this, but allegedly failed to do so. Plaintiffs in the case claim to have suffered economic damages due the reduction in value of vehicles equipped with the defeat devices. Those vehicles would not have been able to pass emissions testing without using the cheat devices.

How a Fiat Chrysler Class Action Lawsuit Can Help

According to the alleged actions of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA US LLC, the car manufacturer could face violations of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, common law fraud, breach of warranty, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and violations of various consumer protection laws.

Potential compensation may include:

  • Costs incurred by owners, including loss of value, attributable to any wrongful conduct
  • Refund of the purchase price paid for affected vehicles
  • Damages related to violations of consumer protection acts
  • Attorneys’ fees

Affected consumers are encouraged to speak with a Fiat Chrysler class action lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies against the auto makers.

The time you have to pursue a claim is limited. Contact us for more information.Get Help Now.

For more information about affected Fiat Chrysler EcoDiesel® vehicles, contact Attorney Group today. After you contact us, an attorney will follow up to answer questions that you might have. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and any information you provide will be kept confidential.

Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.