A recent class action lawsuit alleges that FCA (Chrysler) and diesel engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. deceived customers by hiding the high levels of diesel emissions produced by 2500 and 3500 Dodge RAM diesel trucks.
“The sheer level of fraud and concealment between Chrysler and Cummins is unconscionable, and we believe we have uncovered a deeply entrenched scheme,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman, the law firm representing truck owners. “Chrysler and Cummins spent years lying through their teeth and making empty promises to deliver the cleanest trucks on the market – lip service to deceptively dominate what they saw as a profitable market.”
The suit charges the companies with intentionally misleading buyers about the emission levels of the trucks, knowingly profiting from these products, and sneakily getting emissions credits from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it then used to produce and sell more high-polluting vehicles.
According to the complaint, the affected Cummins diesel engines conceal true emissions output, causing 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.
Consumer Affairs reports that the affected vehicles include the following models that are equipped with Cummins diesel engines: 2007-2010 Dodge RAM 2500 (2WD, 4WD), 2011-2012 Dodge RAM 2500 (non-SCR systems, 2WD, 4WD), 2007-2010 Dodge RAM 3500 (2WD, 4WD) and 2011-2012 Dodge RAM 3500 (non-SCR systems, 2WD, 4WD).
“The two companies touted value to consumers in their marketing,” Berman added. “Was it valuable to consumers to force them to pay $3,000 to $5,000 for needless repairs of worn-out parts? Did it give consumers value to publicly lie to sell hundreds of thousands of noncompliant, polluting vehicles?”
The lawsuit, filed Nov. 14, 2016, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan seeks reimbursement for a proposed nationwide class of consumers who purchased the affected trucks, as well as putative damages for the defendants’ unlawful behavior, according to the suit.
Of course, this falls in the wake of the Volkswagen debacle, leaving a dark cloud over the clean-emissions industry (yes, pun intended). If you believe to have been affected by this class action, please contact us. We plan to provide updates on this pending case.