Diesel Drama: New Emission Scandal Embroils Ram, Cummins | Nordgren Law: Automotive Litigation and Lemon Law

A lawsuit has been initiated against FCA due to unlawful nitrogen oxide emissions in their Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks, featuring Cummins 6.7-liter diesel engines.

The lawsuit alleges that FCA and Cummins worked together in manufacturing and marketing Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks from 2013 to 2023 containing unlawful emission control devices. The suit contends the trucks pass emissions tests only because of illegal cheating devices found in the engines.

This action transpired shortly after U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland disclosed the Justice Department had reached a settlement with Cummins regarding alleged emissions violations in Ram trucks. Although it denied the allegations, Cummins opted to settle for approximately $1.7 billion and to cover the recall expenses for around 630,000 Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks.

The Ram and Cummins legal dispute echoes the infamous Volkswagen “Dieselgate” scandal of 2015, where Volkswagen used deceptive software to manipulate emissions tests, leading to widespread recalls and hefty fines. Both cases highlight the industry’s struggles with emissions compliance and the serious consequences companies face when such issues are exposed.

The class action lawsuit encompasses individuals or entities in the United States who, as of December 23, 2023, owned or leased a 2013 to 2023 Ram 2500 or 3500 pickup equipped with a Cummins 6.7-Liter diesel engine.