Chrysler is facing a pair of class action lawsuits over allegations of emissions cheating on Dodge RAM and Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel trucks.
Chrysler is accused of installing a software “defeat device” on thousands of Dodge and Jeep vehicles in order to conceal excess emissions levels on these cars that were many times higher than federal pollution standards. A second class action lawsuit alleges that excess emissions from certain Dodge RAM trucks may cause premature engine damage.
Class Action Lawsuit Against Chrysler and Bosch
The first class action – filed on behalf of 2014-2016 Dodge RAM 1500 EcoDiesel and Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel owners – alleges that Chrysler installed a defeat device on these vehicles in order to conceal nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions levels that were up to 10-times higher than the maximum level allowed by the EPA. The defeat device was designed to lower the performance of Dodge RAM and Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel models in order to enable the vehicles to meet federal emissions standards. The only way for these models to deliver the performance levels advertised by Chrysler is to turn off the EcoDiesel technology while they are being driven.
The lawsuit against Chrysler and Bosch alleges that the two companies knowingly misled consumers about the performance and emissions levels of the affected vehicles. Drivers who purchased one of the Dodge RAM 1500 or Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel models paid about $4,700 more for the environmental benefits and increased fuel efficiency of these models that was advertised by Chrysler. As a result of emissions cheating by Chrysler and Bosch, vehicle owners may face future repair costs and diminished resale value of their trucks.
Class Action Lawsuit Against Chrysler and Cummins
A second class action lawsuit – filed on behalf of 2007-2012 Dodge RAM 2500 and Dodge RAM 3500 truck owners – alleges that the Cummins diesel engines on these vehicles releases NOx emissions up to 14-times higher than federal emissions standards. These excess emissions may cause the catalytic converters on these models to wear out sooner than intended, costing vehicle owners thousands in repair costs. The failure of the emissions system on these vehicles may cause the warning light to go on; if the vehicles are not repaired quickly, the trucks may go into “limp mode,” allowing them to be driven only at slow speeds.
The lawsuit alleges that despite its knowledge of emissions issues with the affected Dodge RAM models, Chrysler marketed the Cummins diesel engine in these trucks as the “strongest, cleanest, quietest” engine in its class. The class action accuses Chrysler and Cummins of misleading drivers about the pollution levels of the affected trucks, which may cause expensive damage to their vehicles. The lawsuit also seeks to expand a 2016 recall of 2013-15 Dodge RAM 2500 trucks with a 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine to include trucks dating back to the 2007 model year.
Lawsuits Against Chrysler Filed by Dodge and Jeep Truck Owners
Consumers who purchased or leased one of the Dodge RAM or Jeep Grand Cherokee models involved in Chrysler’s alleged emissions cheating may be able to take legal action. The first step in finding out whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit is to talk with an experienced emissions litigation attorney who can advise you regarding your legal rights and guide you through the first steps of filing a case.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson are currently representing hundreds of Volkswagen and Audi “TDI Clean Diesel” owners whose vehicles were affected by emissions cheating by VW during the Dieselgate emissions scandal. One of our partners, Michael Heygood, was named to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee that is helping to oversee the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) against Volkswagen in California. Heygood, Orr & Pearson has also filed lawsuits against Audi over allegations of CO2 emissions cheating involving the company’s automatic, gasoline-powered vehicles.
For more information about the lawsuits against Chrysler over allegations of diesel emissions cheating and to find out if you qualify to file a case, contact the lawyers at 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 brief questions to get started.