Gordon & Doner is investigating claims that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (Fiat Chrysler) used software to cheat emissions tests in diesel-powered vehicles, including Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Dodge Ram trucks.
If you, or someone you know, leased or purchased one of the vehicles described below before January 12, 2017, you may have legal options. Contact the class action lawyers at Gordon & Doner to learn more. Our team of lawyers represent consumers nationwide and is experienced handling complex litigation.
On January 12, 2017 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of violation to Fiat Chrysler alleging that it had violated the Clean Air Act by installing secret "defeat device" software in vehicles to evade emissions standards.
Gordon & Doner is investigating claims on behalf of consumers who purchased or leased one of the affected vehicles which include:
- 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees SUVs with 3-liter diesel engines
- 2014, 2015 and 2016 Dodge Ram trucks with 3-liter diesel engines
If you purchased or leased one of the affected vehicles and have questions about your legal rights, or have information relevant to this investigation, do not hesitate to contact attorney Steve Calamusa of Gordon & Doner. Mr. Calamusa is an AV rated lawyer, a member of the exclusive Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 attorneys in the state of Florida.
Violations of Emissions Regulations
The EPA and the California Air Resources Board have accused Fiat Chrysler of using illegally hidden software in its vehicles, allowing the release of diesel emissions that far exceed regulatory requirements.
The EPA believes the software allowed the vehicles to emit higher levels of the pollutant nitrous oxide than legally allowed while the vehicles were driving on the road. When stopped or being tested, the software would restrict the levels of pollutants emitted to meet EPA standards.
According to the EPA, failing to reveal software that affects the level of emissions released by a vehicle is a serious violation of the law. The agency claims to have found at least eight undisclosed pieces of software that alter the vehicles’ emissions.
The action affects 104,000 trucks and SUVs sold in the U.S. since 2014. Fiat Chrysler could be fined as much as $44,539 per vehicle, totaling almost $4.6 billion.
The Italian-American automaker has denied the accusations and contested the charge. It claims the software is a legal way to meet strict emissions standards.
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Not the First Vehicle Emissions Scandal
Fiat Chrysler is the second automaker in less than three years to have been accused by the EPA of using software to help diesel vehicles pass emissions tests.
Volkswagen admitted to using defeat devices to cheat emissions tests in September 2015. It has since agreed to pay $4.3 billion to settle civil and criminal allegations involving 590,000 vehicles. It will also pay $11 billion to address consumer vehicles.
Learn More Information About Gordon & Doner’s Investigation into Fiat Chrysler’s Emissions Scandal
The attorneys at Gordon & Doner are experienced handling complex litigation that holds large corporations accountable for deceiving consumers and causing them physical or financial harm.
We can advise you of your legal options if you purchased or leased a 3-liter diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee or Dodge Ram truck.
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