A Fiat Chrysler emissions lawsuit may be an option for some individuals after the company allegedly concealed the installation of engine management software, a violation of the Clean Air Act, in certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Ram models with 3.0 diesel engines. Affected consumers may be eligible to pursue a claim and 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 emissions lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Failure to Disclose Emissions Software Could Lead to Harmful Pollution
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a notice of violation accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA US LLC of allegedly violating the Clean Air Act after failing to disclose software reportedly associated with increased emissions of nitrogen oxides. According to the EPA’s news release, roughly 104,000 vehicles are affected by the allegations, including light-duty Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0 liter diesel engines manufactured from 2014 to 2016. The affected vehicles were sold in the United States. The EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have initiated investigations into the impact of these devices, as Fiat Chrysler could be liable for the alleged violations.
Vehicles mentioned in the EPA’s notice include:
- 2014 FCA Dodge Ram 1500, EPA Test Group ECRXT03.05PV
- 2014 FCA Jeep Grand Cherokee, EPA Test Group ECRXT03.05PV
- 2015 FCA Dodge Ram 1500, EPA Test Group FCRXT03.05PV
- 2015 FCA Jeep Grand Cherokee, EPA Test Group FCRXT03.05PV
- 2016 FCA Dodge Ram 1500, EPA Test Group GCRXT03.05PV
- 2016 FCA Jeep Grand Cherokee, EPA Test Group GCRXT03.05PV
Under the Clean Air Act, vehicle manufacturers are required to demonstrate that their vehicles meet federal emissions standards and to disclose any software, often referred to as auxiliary emission control devices, that could potentially modify the air pollution a vehicle emits. Despite knowledge of mandatory disclosure, Fiat Chrysler allegedly did not reveal the existence of auxiliary emission control devices for the vehicles and model years stated above.
Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, stated that “failing to disclose software that affects emissions in a vehicle’s engine is a serious violation of the law, which can result in harmful pollution in the air we breathe.” In addition to these allegations, the EPA is also investigating whether these devices constitute illegal “defeat devices.” Audi and Volkswagen have already been sued over allegations regarding the use of similar emissions software used to cheat emissions tests without the knowledge of the consumer.
How a Fiat Chrysler Emissions Lawsuit Can Help
According to alleged violations against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA US LLC, the actions of the car manufacturer could constitute fraud and misrepresentation, breach of warranty, breach of contract 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 emissions lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies against the auto makers.
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