Fiat Chrysler may face charges in France over diesel emissions cheating

by Charles Miller

Fiat Chrysler may face prosecution from French authorities over allegations of emissions cheating on its diesel vehicles. The charges would make Chrysler the third automaker to face the possibility of charges over emissions cheating since the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal was made public in late 2015.

French officials say that the DGCCRF, France’s anti-fraud and consumer affairs agency, has completed its investigation into allegations of diesel emissions cheating against Chrysler and has sent its findings to the French justice department. The DGCCRF examined emissions testing results for the vehicles that were allegedly involved in the emissions cheating, as well as documents provided by Chrysler as part of the investigation.

The DGCCRF sent the findings of its investigation to the Paris prosecutor’s office, which will determine whether charges against Chrysler are warranted. The agency has stated that the investigation into possible diesel emissions cheating by Chrysler is part of a wider probe examining possible deceptive acts by a dozen automakers that sell diesel vehicles in France.

Chrysler Accused of Emissions Cheating in the U.S.

Chrysler has already faced allegations of diesel emissions cheating in the U.S. In January, the EPA accused Chrysler of installing an emissions defeat device on more than 100,000 diesel trucks sold in the U.S. The affected vehicles included 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge RAM 1500 trucks with 3.0 liter diesel engines.

According to a class action lawsuit against Chrysler, the automaker – along with parts supplier Bosch – installed software on the affected Dodge RAM and Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel models that was designed to hide these vehicles’ high nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions levels from regulators and consumers. The defeat device is designed to override these vehicles’ EcoDiesel technology while the trucks are being driven, negating its environmental benefits.

Consumers who purchased the of Dodge or Jeep trucks that were allegedly affected by Chrysler’s diesel emissions cheating paid nearly $5,000 extra for the EcoDiesel technology on these vehicles. Lawsuits filed against Chrysler by Dodge and Jeep diesel owners are seeking reimbursement for these excessive costs, as well as out-of-pocket expenses, future repair costs, and diminished resale value resulting from the company’s emissions cheating.

Dodge and Jeep Diesel Owners May Qualify to File a Lawsuit

Consumers who purchased or leased one of the Dodge RAM 1500 EcoDiesel or Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel models involved in the EPA’s allegations against Chrysler may qualify to take legal action over the automaker’s diesel emissions cheating. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an attorney who has the experience with automotive defect litigation to advise you regarding your legal rights and guide you through the first steps in filing a claims.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson represented VW and Audi owners who filed claims against Volkswagen in connection with the automaker’s emissions cheating that was the basis of the Dieselgate scandal. One of our partners, Michael Heygood, was chosen for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) against Volkswagen in California.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have taken on some of the world’s biggest corporations on behalf of our clients. Our attorneys have achieved verdicts and settlements for our clients totalling hundreds of millions of dollars. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we believe that all individuals should have access to experienced, professional legal counsel to ensure that their legal rights are protected in a court of law.

For more information about the emissions cheating lawsuits against Chrysler and to find out whether 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.