Are you an owner of a Ram or Jeep vehicle with diesel engines? You could get up to $3,075 (about Php 160,258) as compensation payment for faulty emissions control in your vehicles. The compensation is part of a class-action lawsuit settlement that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has agreed to over illegal emissions-cheating software.
Specifically, the affected vehicles are 2014 to 2016 models of the Ram 1500 pickup and the Jeep Grand Cherokee fitted with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engines. As part of the settlement, FCA will update the emissions control software and provide extended warranty for up to 10 years or 193,000km (whichever comes first). Eligible owners can get the full compensation payment of $3,075. Meanwhile, leaseholders and former owners will receive a smaller amount as part of the agreement.
Owners of affected vehicles will have 21 months to submit their claim, and two years to complete the repair and receive compensation. More information is available on the Fiat Chrysler Ecodiesel Settlement website. Affected owners can also submit, track a claim and sign up for updates on the website.
According to Consumer Reports, the agreement was first announced last January 2019, but was only approved by a federal judge in California recently. It is estimated that FCA’s settlement will cost them a total of $400 million for owner compensation, extended warranties, and environmental mitigation. Meanwhile, Bosch, an FCA supplier, will also pay an additional $27.5 million. On top of that, FCA will also be fined $305 million for violating the Clean Air Act and California law. All-in-all, FCA will have to pay approximately $800 million as a result of the full settlement.
FCA promises that the updated software will not “affect average fuel economy, drivability, durability, engine noise, vibration, or other driving characteristics of the vehicles.”