Jan. 16, 2017—Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC law firm has filed the first nationwide class action complaint against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for illegal diesel emissions.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accused FCA on Thursday of intentionally failing to disclose software in some of its diesel engine vehicles that allows them to emit more pollution than allowed under the Clean Air Act.
The EPA also issued a "notice of violation" to Chrysler citing more than 104,000 vehicles with 3-liter diesel engines including the 2014 through 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram pickups.
This nationwide class action concerns the intentional installation of defeat devices on an estimated 104,000 diesel Dodge and Jeep vehicles sold in the United States since 2014.
FCA marketed those vehicles as environmentally friendly with enhanced fuel efficiency, better performance, and lower emissions.
The EPA said it found at least eight undisclosed pieces of software that can alter how a vehicle emits air pollution.