EPA accuses Fiat Chrysler of using software to cheat emissions testing

The Environmental Protection Agency on Jan. 12, 2017 accused auto manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of using software in certain 2014-2016 “EcoDiesel” vehicles in order to cheat federal and state emissions tests and bypass standards. The EPA alleges the company is in violation of the Clean Air Act and is working in coordination with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to investigate.

Roughly 104,000 vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines are alleged to be affected, including:

  • 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees
  • 2014-2016 Dodge Ram 1500

Fiat Chrysler has denied the allegations, claiming its vehicles adhere to regulations.

The allegations followed EPA’s vow to expand its investigation to other automakers after discovering in September 2015 that Volkswagen Group had installed a similar defeat device in more than 11 million vehicles worldwide.

Motley Rice represents hundreds of consumers who were affected by the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” emissions scandal, and co-founder Joe Rice holds a leadership role on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. He was one of the lead negotiators for the $14.7 billion settlement for 2.0-liter owners and continues to negotiate a resolution on behalf of 3.0-liter owners.

If you own a “EcoDiesel” Fiat Chrysler vehicle covered by the investigation, you may have a claim for economic losses. For more information contact Motley Rice attorney Kevin Dean by email.