Dodge Trucks Accused Of Understating Diesel Emissions

By on November 17, 2016

A class action filed in Detroit alleges that Fiat Chrysler’s Dodge 2500/3500 trucks for the model years 2007-2012 with Cummins’ diesel engine emit more pollutants than advertised.

The Ram trucks with the Cummins diesel engines were advertised as the cleanest diesel engine in its class that deliver on Cummins’ advertised commitment to a cleaner, healthier environment.

The clean diesel advertising campaign for the trucks were part of an effort by car manufacturers to promote diesel engines, which are popularly used worldwide in passenger vehicles but uncommon in the United States where diesel engines are viewed as environmentally destructive and inferior to gasoline engines.

But according to several reports cited in the class action, testing of a 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 showed that the vehicle did not meet the federal and California emission standards in real world driving; indeed, it is alleged that the emissions were found to be 3.5 times the maximum limits over short distances, and even higher when driven for longer distances or uphill.  The lawsuit blames the issue on the catalytic conversion system that does not work as well as advertised.

The class action seeks to recover money damages, alleging that owners overpaid for their vehicles and that the cars are worth less as a result of these issues, invoking similar issues faced by Volkswagen recently, which agreed to pay owners of VW diesel cars thousands after admitting it cheated on government emissions tests.