Motley Rice represents owners and lessees with potential claims. Co-founder Joe Rice serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for multidistrict litigation, In re Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep EcoDiesel Marketing, Sales Practice and Products Liability Litigation, filed in the Northern District of California. He also was one of the lead negotiators in the nearly $15 billion Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Emissions Fraud settlement for 2.0-liter vehicles, the largest auto-related consumer class action settlement in U.S. history, as well as the 3.0-liter settlement.
Affected Diesel Vehicles
Roughly 104,000 “EcoDiesel” Fiat Chrysler vehicles are alleged to have emissions defeat software. They include:
2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees
2014-2016 Dodge Ram 1500 Trucks
If you own an “EcoDiesel” Fiat Chrysler vehicle included in the investigation, you may have an economic loss claim. For more information, contact Motley Rice attorney Jodi Westbrook Flowers at 1.800.768.4026 or by email.
Fiat Chrysler Emissions Fraud Background
The EPA announced on Jan. 12, 2017, that Fiat Chrysler had been issued a notice alleging violations of the Clean Air Act. The allegations and surrounding investigations came after the EPA and CARB vowed to expand investigations of emissions produced by vehicles from several leading auto manufacturers in the wake of the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” emissions scandal.
In a statement announcing allegations against Fiat Chrysler, CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols said that, “Once again, a major automaker made the business decision to skirt the rules and got caught. CARB and U.S. EPA made a commitment to enhanced testing as the Volkswagen case developed, and this is a result of that collaboration.”
Fiat Chrysler announced in May 2017 that it would attempt to modify the affected vehicles to meet emissions standards, and that the company was in talks with the Department of Justice with hopes of settling the investigation. Shortly after the automaker issued its proposal, however, the U.S. Government filed a lawsuit accusing Fiat Chrysler of illegal use of emissions software.
Several additional lawsuits filed by owners and lessees were consolidated in May in the Northern District of California. Fiat Chrysler has denied the allegations and stated that it will defend itself against any claims that use of the software amounted to a “deliberate scheme.”
In addition to VW and Fiat Chrysler, other auto manufacturers currently accused of emissions fraud include VW’s luxury brand Audi.
Reuters (May 24, 2017) — U.S. government sues Fiat Chrysler over excess emissions
CNN (March 22, 2017) — French investigation into emissions cheating widens to include Fiat Chrysler
USA Today (Jan. 13, 2017) — How Fiat Chrysler’s diesel woes differ from VW’s
The Detroit News (Jan. 12, 2017) — EPA accuses Fiat Chrysler of emissions cheating