The Joseph Saveri Law Firm filed a class action lawsuit in February 2017 on behalf of U.S. consumers against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. In April 2017, the case was consolidated with similar cases under Judge Edward M. Chen.
The suit charges Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with equipping some 3.0-liter EcoDiesel-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Ram 1500 vehicles with emissions-cheating devices that control emissions only when undergoing testing. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board had issued violation notices to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for the alleged failure to disclose eight Auxiliary Emissions Control Devices in these vehicles.
U.S. consumers claim Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for falsely marketing some 104,000 affected vehicles as environmentally friendly when, in actuality, they produce far more nitrogen oxide than is acceptable under the applicable standards.
“Fiat’s illegal emissions-cheating devices have caused irreparable damage to the environment and devastating setbacks to customers who strive to protect it,” says Joseph Saveri, counsel for the plaintiffs. “Consumers who believed Fiat’s false claims that these vehicles achieve better fuel efficiency, improve performance, and lower emissions are now forced to accept substandard, ineffective vehicles or suffer significant financial losses.”
The suit, In re Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Ecodiesel Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, seeks monetary damages for affected consumers.