Heygood Orr & Pearson is representing clients in lawsuits against Chrysler and Bosch accusing the two companies of installing emissions defeat devices on 2014-2016 Dodge RAM 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 liter EcoDiesel models. This defeat device was designed to hide nitrogen oxide emissions from the vehicles that were up to 10 times above federal pollution limits.
Edward Chen, a federal judge in San Francisco, has been appointed to preside over the federal Chrysler EcoDiesel lawsuits involving the emissions “defeat devices.” That is known as forming a multi-district litigation, which is commonly referred to as an “MDL.”
The EcoDiesel technology in the Dodge RAM and Jeep Grand Cherokee models involved in the lawsuits is designed to reduce emission levels from the engine. By doing so, the lawsuits allege, the performance of the vehicles is reduced. The only way for the vehicles to achieve the fuel economy, towing power, and performance advertised by Chrysler is to turn off the EcoDiesel technology while the vehicles are being driven.
The lawsuits against Chrysler and Bosch allege that the companies knowingly equipped the affected Dodge RAM and Jeep Grand Cherokee models with emissions defeat devices designed to achieve the advertised performance and evade federal pollution standards. The defeat devices used on these cars was similar to the device used by Volkswagen on its VW and Audi “TDI Clean Diesel” models involved in the Dieselgate scandal.
Consumers who purchased or leased one of the 150,000 Dodge RAM 1500 or 9,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee models involved in this litigation paid about $4,700 more for the environmental benefits of these EcoDiesel vehicles. Vehicle owners may also face out-of-pocket expenses, future repair costs, and diminished resale value because of Chrysler and Bosch’s alleged emissions cheating.