A lawyer for automobile manufacturer Fiat Chrysler announced that the company hopes to reach an agreement to fix its diesel vehicles that contributed to pollution in violation of the Clean Air Act by the spring of 2018. At least 104,000 diesel vehicles were allegedly programmed with undisclosed software that allowed for illegal emissions of air polluting chemicals.
In May of 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Fiat Chrysler over claims that the company manufactured and sold vehicles with hidden emissions controls that allowed vehicles to emit excess pollution during normal driving. Affected models include Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3-liter diesel engines sold in the United States from late 2013 through 2016 (model years 2014, 2015, and 2016).
Fiat Chrysler is facing lawsuits from owners of these “dirty” diesel vehicles. The lawsuits arose after the unprecedented $14.7 billion settlement in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” emissions violations litigation, where approximately 500,000 VW and Audi 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter diesel engine vehicles sold in the U.S. were found to be illegally polluting the environment. One of the largest automobile settlements in U.S. history, the German automaker pleaded guilty and publicly admitted that it had rigged emissions production in the diesel engines of approximately 11 million vehicles worldwide.
Fiat Chrysler hopes to win U.S. approval of its proposed fix for the diesel emissions issue by the end of March or early April of next year.
Contact a National Consumer Protection Attorney
If you own or lease a 2014-2016 diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee or Dodge Ram, your vehicle is likely emitting illegal levels of dangerous pollutants. You may be entitled to a buyback or other reimbursement. You are encouraged to contact a consumer protection lawyer at Lieff Cabraser through the case page or you may call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 for more information.
We welcome the opportunity to learn of your experiences with the vehicle and answer your questions. We will review your claim for free, confidentially, and with no obligation on your part. The information you provide will help us hold Fiat Chrysler accountable for any violations of environmental protection laws and any attendant deceptions perpetrated upon its customers.