FCA, Cummins Dispute Responsibility for Emissions Recall
Cummins Sued for $60 Million to Cover Repair Costs to Date
The partnership between Ram Trucks and Cummins has, on the surface, been one of the most successful collaborations in the truck market for almost three decades, giving the truck brand instant credibility with HD truck enthusiasts. However, behind the scenes, things may not be quite so copacetic, according to a Reuters report. The outlet is reporting that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Cummins are disputing the responsibility for an emissions system recall on 2013-2015 Ram 2500 trucks equipped with the 6.7L Cummins I-6 engine.
Since Cummins provides the engine and emissions control systems, FCA claims Cummins needs to cover the costs of the recall. Cummins is claiming FCA is shirking its responsibility and trying to avoid paying the estimated $200 million to cover the cost of fixing an estimated 130,000 trucks. FCA has sued Cummins to collect $60 million to cover the repair costs of the estimated 42,000 trucks that have already been fixed. The trucks subject to the recall have been found to have a selective catalyst reduction system defect that disables the emissions control system if excess moisture is detected, leading to excessive NOx emissions, the compound at the heart of the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. Publicly, FCA says it is committed to working with Cummins to cover the recall.