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Claims Process Begins for FCA ‘EcoDiesel’ Settlement

Claims Process Begins for FCA ‘EcoDiesel’ Settlement

Most eligible parties to receive $3,000+ after vehicle repairs

As reported by Consumer Affairs, the claims process has begun for owners and lessees of certain Fiat Chrysler vehicles after the settlement of litigation over claims FCA used illegal emissions cheating devices to make it appear that its diesel vehicles were meeting clean air standards. FCA noted it would pay $500 million to resolve the issue, including just over $300 million in civil penalties. In the wake of a California judge granting final approval to the terms of the settlement, eligible drivers will be awarded cash payments and extended warranties after their vehicle undergo the government-mandated vehicle modifications.

Current owners and lessees of affected Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0-liter diesel vehicles that were produced between 2014 and 2016 are eligible to file claims related to the settlement. Claims must be submitted within 21 months of when the claims process began, and the mandated repair must be completed within two years. Most current owners will be eligible to receive up to $3,075 in cash compensation, and most former owners, lessees, and former lessees will receive $990.

“We are pleased the Court has granted final approval of this settlement, which will allow consumers to finally receive the vehicle they were promised, plus cash compensation,” said Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser, the court-appointed lead counsel for the case. “This agreement accomplishes our goals of holding FCA and Bosch accountable for their diesel emissions cheating, and of compensating consumers while protecting our environment.”

Visit the settlement website for more information about the claims period and further details on the settlement benefits.