Class action lawsuit filed against Fiat Chrysler over alleged concealment of emissions

November 17, 2016 by

CarOwners of 2500 and 3500 Dodge RAM trucks filed a class action lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler and engine manufacturer Cummins, Inc. alleging that the two entities conspired to knowingly deceive consumers and regulators of illegally high levels of diesel emissions in their vehicles.

The lawsuit accuses the two of committing fraudulent concealment, false advertising, and violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and consumer-protection laws by intentionally misleading the public, concealing emissions levels, illegally selling noncompliant polluting vehicles, knowingly profiting from the dirty diesels and using fraudulently gained emissions credits from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use on further production of high-polluting vehicles.  According to the complaint, the affected Cummins diesel engines serve to conceal true emissions output, and in doing so cause the catalytic converter to wear out more quickly, resulting in the vehicle burning fuel at a higher rate, and often requiring customers to replace the converter after the warranty has expired at a cost of approximately $3,000-$5,000.

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