Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay more than $300 million to settle down the class action against it. The lawsuit claims that the company cheated emissions regulations.
In January 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) reportedly issued notices to Fiat Chrysler. The notice was for the violations of regulations due to emissions cheating software.
The Class Members who get benefit from the settlement include owners, former owners, lessees, or former lessees. These include owners or lessees of 2014-2016 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel or 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel vehicles.
The class action lawsuit claiming that the consumers paid for vehicles that emitted more than 20 times the legal limit of emissions. But, in December 2017, the Fiat Chrysler attempted to dismiss the suit claiming that the consumers did not suffer from any diminution in vehicle value. However, plaintiffs had enough information to bring claims against the automotive company.
After the tumultuous litigation, Fiat Chrysler agreed to settle the case. According to the settlement the owners of vehicle may get $3,075 for their vehicle and $2,460 if their vehicle is claimed by another Class Member. Also, the lessees may get $990.
All the Class Members who are seeking for compensation need to file claim by Aug. 1, 2019. The estimated cash value of the settlement is $307,460,800 which divides among the class members.
In additional to cash payments, Fiat Chrysler has agreed to update the emissions control software for free and provide an extended warranty on updated vehicles.
The final approval hearing is scheduled for May 3, 2019. All those who want to opt out of the settlement can do so before April 15, 2019.
Eligibility to file a claim
Owners, former owners, former lessees, or lessees, of 2014-2016 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel or 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel vehicles.
Proof for file a claim
- Current vehicle registration number
- License information of driver
- Date the vehicle was owned or leased
- Proof of current or former ownership or lease
Deadline to file a claim
Up to $3,075 for car owners and $990 for lessees.
Details of the filed case
In re: Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep EcoDiesel Marketing,
Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation,
Case No. 3:17-md-02777,
in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
EcoDiesel Settlement Claims
PO Box 2960 Farmington Hills,
MI 48333-2960 1-833-280-4748