GM, Bosch face class action over Chevy Cruze diesel emissions cheating allegations

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by John Chapman

General Motors and Robert Bosch LLC are facing a class action lawsuit alleging that the two companies conspired to hide the high emissions levels of Chevrolet models. GM and Bosch are accused of equipping Chevrolet Cruze diesel vehicles with emissions defeat devices, which were designed to hide the excess emissions levels of these cars from drivers and federal regulators.

According to the class action lawsuit, GM’s 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel was marketed by the company as a “clean diesel” vehicle that offered better performance together with lower emissions levels. However, an investigation later revealed that the 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel had been equipped with emissions cheating software. This software was designed to make the affected vehicles appear to emit low levels of emissions, when in fact the pollution level of these vehicles exceeded EPA emissions requirements.

The lower emissions levels of the affected Chevy Cruze models were based on pollution testing conducted internally by GM. After concerns about industry-wide emissions cheating surfaced following the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, officials in Britain and attorneys in the U.S. conducted their own test, which found that emissions levels on the 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel were higher than what was claimed by GM.

The class action lawsuit accuses GM and Bosch of conspiring to equipped the affected Chevy Cruze Diesel models with emissions cheating software. The lawsuit alleges that drivers who purchased or leased one of the affected vehicles paid about $2,000 more for these cars than they would have paid for a comparable gasoline model. But in spite of the vehicle’s higher cost, the 2014 Cruze Diesel did not deliver the environmental benefits marketing by GM.

The class action lawsuit filed against General Motors is the latest in a series of lawsuits filed against manufactures of diesel-powered vehicles. GM is also facing allegations of emissions cheating involving the 2011-2016 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Duramax diesel trucks, which were also equipped with emissions cheating software with the help of Bosch.

Emission cheating lawsuits have also been filed on behalf of Audi, Porsche, Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep diesel owners over alleged emissions cheating involving vehicles sold by these companies. Like the allegations against GM, these lawsuit accuse the automakers of installing emissions cheat devices in order to hide the excess emissions levels of these vehicles from consumers.

GM Facing Class Action Lawsuits Over Vehicle Recalls

General Motors is also facing class action lawsuits in California, Missouri, and Texas filed on behalf of hundreds of vehicle owners. The lawsuits alleges that GM cars and trucks lost value as a result of multiple recalls after GM’s 2009 bankruptcy.

Since GM filed for bankruptcy, the automaker issued seven recalls for vehicles involve in the class action complaints. These recalls were for a variety of defects in the affected vehicles, including problems with the vehicles’ ignition system, side airbags, and electronic power steering.

According to the class action complaints filed in California, Missouri, and Texas, the vehicles affected by these seven recalls lost significant value. The hundreds of GM vehicle owners who are part of the three class action complaints are seeking compensation for the lost value of their cars as a result of GM’s multiple recalls involving these vehicles.

Emissions Cheating Lawsuits Filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson

Drivers who purchased or leased a vehicle manufactured by General Motors that may be affected by the company’s diesel emissions cheating may qualify to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for the lost value of their vehicle. Consumers who purchased other vehicles affected by diesel emissions cheating – including models sold by Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep – may also be eligible to file an emissions cheating claim.

Drivers who bought one of the diesel-powered vehicles affected by emissions cheating by GM or other automakers paid more for these vehicles than they would have for a comparable gasoline model. Hundreds of thousands of drivers in the U.S. may have been cheated out of thousands of dollars as a result of the emissions cheating by these automakers.

For more information about filing a lawsuit against General Motors or other companies involved in diesel emissions cheating, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also contact us by following the link to our our free GM case evaluation form and answering a few brief questions about yourself and your vehicle to get started.

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by John Chapman

John Chapman is a licensed attorney with experience in complex commercial litigation (including securities fraud, RICO, shareholder oppression, and derivative actions) and personal injury litigation.