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Fiat emmisions test fraudulence

Fiat Drivers Allege Emissions Malfeasance in Lawsuit

July 24, 2017
A Multi-District Litigation (MDL) case filed in California federal court alleges that the diesel engines in certain Fiat Chrysler vehicles were loaded with secret software to fraudulently assist the vehicles in passing emissions tests. The plaintiffs in the suit are lobbying for a “buyback” program in addition to monetary damages.

The suit holds that Fiat Chrysler fraudulently attempted to snag a share of the “clean diesel” market by promoting is EcoDiesel trucks as environmentally responsible. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), however, has found that the automaker rigged those vehicles with software that released low emissions during testing, but higher emissions in real-life driving conditions.

The plaintiffs in the suit are asking for a buyback program much like the one instituted by Volkswagen in its much-publicized fraud settlement.

The affected vehicles include the EcoDiesel line of Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500s, and affects approximately 104,000 vehicles.

Also named in the suit is Robert Bosch GmbH, which is alleged to have designed and invented the software in question.

The suit alleges the violation of warranty and consumer protection laws, as well as racketeering charges under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

The case is pending in California court.

If you believe that your vehicle has been fraudulently manipulated, you may be entitled to take part in a lawsuit. Contact the expert attorneys at today to learn how we can help you with your case.

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