Fiat Chrysler and Cummins say they’ll fight a new class-action lawsuit over diesel emissions involving older model Ram pickups.
A class-action lawsuit filed in Detroit this week accuses both Fiat Chrysler and Cummins of deceiving consumers by selling diesel pickups that emitted emissions as much as 14 times higher than legally permitted. The lawsuit was filed by a group of Ram diesel truck owners who also claim that as a result of the alleged rigged tests, their catalytic converters wore out faster. The lawsuit claims some owners had to replace them after warranty, which cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000.
Specifically, the lawsuit cites Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups outfitted with Cummins diesel engines.
Fiat Chrysler said it’s reviewing the lawsuit.
“Based on the information available to it, FCA US does not believe that the claims brought against it are meritorious,” the company said in a statement. “FCA US will contest this lawsuit vigorously.”
Indiana-based Cummins flat out says the lawsuit is without merit.
“We’re deeply disappointed in the effort to tarnish our image and we will vigorously defend ourselves,” Cummins spokesman Jon M. Mills said in a statement. “We’ve had a great partnership with Chrysler for more than 30 years and our companies continue to be committed to putting our customers first.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency isn’t commenting on the lawsuit as of now.