Lawsuit Claims Fiat Chrysler and Cummins Deceived Customers on Ram Emissions
Plaintiffs Contend Higher Particulate Emissions, Increased Fuel Consumption
Cummins and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are the latest companies embroiled in a diesel emissions scuffle, due to a class action suit contending the companies deliberately misled customers regarding the emissions of diesel-powered Ram pickups.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro filed the class action suit in a Detroit federal court. Owners represented in the suit allege that their trucks’ diesel particulate emissions are higher than they were led to believe, leading to excessive catalytic converter wear and increased fuel consumption. The law firm says it applies to Dodge and Ram 2500/3500 trucks powered by Cummins diesels since the 2007 model year.
Fiat Chrysler is reviewing the complaint, but the company contends it does not believe the lawsuit has any merit. According to the Free Press, the automaker plans on “contesting the lawsuit vigorously.” Of note, the law firm behind this suit is the same one that filed a class action against Mercedes-Benz in April.
Adding drama to the already soapy story, Cummins-powered Ram pickups have already been recalled for a defect in the selective catalyst reduction system, which deactivates if excessive moisture is detected. The two companies have disputed responsibility for the recall, with Ram claiming that Cummins, as supplier of the trucks’ engines and emissions systems, is liable for the recall. Affected vehicles include diesel Ram Heavy Duty pickups built for the 2013, 2014, and 2015 model years.
Source: Detroit Free Press