Fiat Chrysler and Cummins Inc. Face Emissions Lawsuit

Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq. | Associate Counsel

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On November 14, 2016, owners of 2007-2012 Dodge Ram 2500 and 2007-2012 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup trucks filed class claims in the U.S. District Court in Detroit against car manufacturing giant, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, and diesel engine manufacturer, Cummins Inc. Plaintiffs allege the companies cheated on diesel emissions tests.

In the class complaint, Plaintiffs specifically accuse the defendants of fraud and violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act; they also claim Defendants violated consumer protection laws when they knowingly mislead consumers by illegally selling vehicles that did not comply with federal emissions regulations. Plaintiffs argue that not only are the vehicles’ emissions catalysts not durable, but at times, the vehicles’ diesel emissions are 10 times over the legally mandated limit. Owners of the vehicles in question claim that because the engines produce high levels of emissions, the catalytic converters break down faster necessitating frequent repairs that cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000.

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Defendants have stated that they intend to “contest this lawsuit vigorously,” maintaining that Plaintiffs’ claims lack any true merit. Plaintiffs are asking for reimbursements to consumers who purchased 2007-2012 Dodge Ram 2500 and 2007-2012 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup trucks, as well as compensation for out-of-pocket costs to repair catalytic converters.

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