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EPA Accuses Automaker of Outfitting 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees, Dodge Ram 1500 Trucks with Software Aimed at Concealing Illegal Emissions of Nitrogen Oxides
DALLAS – January 13, 2017 – The national law firm of Baron & Budd is investigating possible legal action on behalf of customers who own certain models of Fiat Chrysler vehicles. On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accused the automaker of outfitting certain vehicles with software designed to allow them to emit illegally high levels of dangerous nitrogen oxides.
Owners of Jeep Grand Cherokees and 3.0-liter, diesel-powered Dodge Ram 1500 trucks manufactured between 2014 and 2016 may be affected by the allegations. The New York Times reported that an estimated 104,000 vehicles with the software were sold in the United States.
According to the EPA, the software allows the affected vehicles to operate differently during emissions tests than they do when they are on the road. As a result, they are emitting levels of nitrogen oxides at a level that violates the Clean Air Act. Nitrogen oxides form smog when combined with other compounds, and are also a component of acid rain. These gases have also been linked to severe respiratory issues in humans that can, in some instances, be fatal.
This accusation comes on the heels of a major emissions scandal that affected Volkswagen in 2016. The EPA alleged that Volkswagen outfitted several models with software that would make it appear the cars were in compliance with emissions standards during testing. When the vehicles sensed they were no longer being tested, the software disengaged and the car emitted pollutants at an illegal level.
“Unfortunately, the EPA is once again alleging that an automaker put profits ahead of the environment and surreptitiously attempted to get around the law,” said Roland Tellis, head of the Consumer Class Action group at the national law firm of Baron & Budd. “Owners of these vehicles very likely purchased them because they were trying to help the environment, but they may have been seriously misled.”
If you own one of the affected vehicles, these allegations could potentially lead to a loss of value as well as the need for repairs to bring them into compliance with the Clean Air Act. As a result, you may be able to obtain compensation. Please call 866-700-8994 or complete our contact form if you would like more information.
The law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Austin and Los Angeles, is a nationally recognized law firm with a nearly 40-year history of "Protecting What’s Right" for people, communities and businesses harmed by negligence. Baron & Budd’s size and resources enable the firm to take on large and complex cases. The firm represents individuals and government and business entities in areas as diverse as dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical devices, environmental contamination, the Gulf oil spill, financial fraud, overtime violations, deceptive advertising, automotive defects, trucking accidents, nursing home abuse, and asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.