Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep EcoDiesel Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation

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Fiat Chrysler has reached settlements with consumers and federal and state regulators involving the following Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles equipped with the 3.0L EcoDiesel engine (the "Subject Vehicles").

Model Model Years
Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 2014 - 2016
Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel 2014 - 2016

The settlements consist of:

  • A Class Action Settlement Agreement between Fiat Chrysler, Bosch (Robert Bosch GmbH and Robert Bosch LLC), and certain current owners/lessees and former owners/lessees of the Subject Vehicles; and
  • A Consent Decree between Fiat Chrysler and the United States Department of Justice on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of California by and through the California Attorney General and the California Air Resources Board.

These settlements resolve legal claims asserting that the vehicles do not comply with federal and state emissions regulations and that Fiat Chrysler made misrepresentations to consumers regarding the vehicles.

If the Court grants final approval of the settlements, Fiat Chrysler will:

  1. Update the emissions control software (the “Approved Emissions Modification” or “AEM”) for the Subject Vehicles free of charge;
  2. Provide an extended warranty for updated vehicles; and
  3. Provide cash compensation to Class Members who submit a timely and valid claim (see below for additional information and requirements).

The Court has scheduled a hearing to decide whether to approve the settlements for May 3, 2019, although that date is subject to change. Once the settlements have been finally approved by the court, current owners and lessees of Subject Vehicles will be able to schedule appointments to receive the Approved Emissions Modification, and eligible current and former owners and lessees will have the opportunity to submit claims for compensation.

In the meantime, you can sign up for updates about the settlements, including notification of when the claims process is open, by clicking below.

By signing up for updates, you are NOT submitting a claim for compensation, nor are you guaranteed to be eligible for compensation under the Class Action Settlement. You are merely registering to receive additional information about the opening of the claim submission period, and to be notified when the Approved Emissions Modification is available.

Sign-Up for Settlement Updates


To receive periodic updates about the settlements, including when the Approved Emissions Modification is available and when you can submit a claim for compensation, please enter your name and email address below.

Please note that signing up for updates below is NOT the same as submitting a claim for compensation, and does not guarantee that you will be eligible for compensation. By signing up for updates, you are merely registering to receive additional information about the opening of the claim submission period, and to be notified when the Approved Emissions Modification is available.

Eligible Vehicles


All current owners and lessees of model year 2014-2016 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles equipped with the 3.0L EcoDiesel engine are eligible for the Approved Emissions Modification and extended warranty. To receive the Approved Emissions Modification, your vehicle must be: (1) registered in the United States with a state department of motor vehicles or equivalent agency;  and (2) operable (i.e., capable of being driven under its own engine power lawfully and safely) as of the date the vehicle is brought in for the Approved Emissions Modification. Your vehicle also cannot have been modified in a way that substantially impairs the installation or functioning of the Approved Emissions Modification. Click here to read the Court approved notice that includes important details about the eligibility of vehicles for the Approved Emissions Modification and extended warranty.

Not all current and former owners and lessees of model year 2014-2016 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles equipped with the 3.0L EcoDiesel engine are eligible for compensation under the settlements. Click here to read the Court approved notice that includes important details about which current and former owners and lessees are eligible for compensation. 

Cash Compensation
Eligible Owners

(If no former owner or former lessee timely completes a valid claim for the same vehicle)

$3,075
Eligible Owners

(If a former owner or former lessee timely completes a valid claim for the same vehicle)

$2,460
Eligible Lessees, Former owners, and Former Lessees
$990

Approved Emissions Modification Overview


The Approved Emissions Modification ("AEM") is a software update that is intended to ensure that the Subject Vehicles' emissions comply with the emissions standards to which they were originally certified. There will be no hardware changes to your vehicle associated with the AEM. Through the settlements, Fiat Chrysler will offer the AEM free of charge for all model year 2014 to 2016 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Vehicles.

The AEM is not expected to change any of your key vehicle attributes, such as average fuel economy, reliability, durability, vehicle performance, drivability, engine noise or vibration, or other driving characteristics. Click here to read the court approved notice that includes important additional details about the effect of the AEM on your vehicle.

The AEM will be made available within 15 days after the Court grants final approval of the settlements.

Once the settlements receive final approval from the court, current owners and lessees of the Subject Vehicles may call Fiat Chrysler's Call Center at 1-833-280-4748 or their preferred dealer to schedule an appointment to receive the AEM. Fiat Chrysler will provide a loaner vehicle at no cost if the AEM is scheduled to take longer than three hours or if it is not complete within three hours of the scheduled start of the appointment.

You may receive the Approved Emissions Modification (and associated extended warranty) at any point in the claims process outlined below, but you will not be eligible for compensation until you have also submitted a claim. Click here to read the court approved notice that includes important additional details about the AEM and the claims process.

The Extended Warranty covers all parts and systems affected by the Approved Emissions Modification, and the warranty term is the greater of (i) 10 years from the date of initial sale or 120,000 actual miles on the vehicle odometer, whichever comes first; and (ii) 4 years or 48,000 miles from the date and mileage of installing the Approved Emissions Modification on the vehicle, whichever comes first.

Claim Submission Deadline


The deadline for you to submit a claim depends on whether you are a current owner/lessee or a former owner/lessee of a Subject Vehicle.
 
If you are a current owner or lessee, you must submit a claim within 21 months after the Court grants final approval of the settlements.
 
If you are an eligible former owner or former lessee, you must submit  a complete and valid claim within 90 days of the Court's orders granting final approval of the settlements.  Under the current proposed schedule, this would mean a deadline of August 1, 2019, but the deadline may change depending on when the Court finally approves the settlements. Please check this settlement website regularly for additional information or sign up for settlement updates above.
 
This is only a summary of the claims submission deadlines.  Additional deadlines apply if, for instance, you totaled your vehicle after January 10, 2019 and transferred title or terminated your lease as a result. Click here to read the Court approved notice that includes important details about the claims submission deadlines. 

Videos and How-To Info


Please check back for detailed instructions after you receive notification that the claims process is open.

Claims Submission Process Overview


1. File an Initial Claim. Class Members will be able to submit a claim online through this website or via the mail using the Claim Form. Sign-up for email updates to receive notification when the online claims portal is open.

Note: FCA may not begin reviewing claims until the Effective Date, which is expected to be in May 2019.

 

2. FCA Reviews the Claim. FCA will review and verify the claim form and documents for completeness and eligibility and will either verify that the claim is complete or request additional information.

 

3. FCA Notifies Class Member of Eligibility. Once FCA verifies eligibility, FCA will make an offer to the Class Member. After that, the Class Member can accept the offer in writing.

 

4. Schedule an Appointment. Class Members can schedule an appointment to have the Approved Emissions Modification installed, either by contacting their local authorized FCA dealership or by calling 1-833-280-4748. Note: You do not need to submit a claim before getting the Approved Emissions Modification installed in your vehicle. You can schedule an appointment for the Approved Emissions Modification as soon as it is available and file a claim later.

Note: You will be able to schedule an appointment to have the Approved Emissions Modification installed once it is available, which is expected to be in May 2019. Sign-up for email updates to receive notification when you can schedule an appointment.

 

5. Receive Payment. After the Class Member submits a claim, accepts the offer, and has the Approved Emissions Modification installed, the Class Member will receive payment by check in the mail. Class Members who are current owners and lessees must get the Approved Emissions Modification installed on their vehicles in order for their claim to be approved and receive payment. Class Members who are former or owners or lessees will receive payment after they have accepted the offer from FCA.

 

This is a summary of the claims process, further details are available by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How do I know if I am a "current or former Eligible Owner/Lessee"?

A: For further information regarding class membership and your potential eligibility for benefits, please refer to the class action settlement agreement and the court approved notice

Q: When will I be able to schedule an appointment for the Approved Emissions Modification?

A: Once the settlements are approved by the court, you will be able to schedule an appointment by calling Fiat Chrysler's call center on your preferred dealer. The Approved Emissions Modification will be available at dealerships within 15 days after the settlements are approved.

Q: Do I need to complete the class action claims process before I bring my car in for the Approved Emissions Modification?

A: No, you can schedule your appoinment for the Approved Emissions Modification as soon as it is available at dealerships.

Q: Do I need to get the Approved Emissions Modification to receive my class payment?

A: Yes. Your dealer or other service provider will inform Fiat Chrysler that you have received the Approved Emissions modification. You will receive your payment once you have completed the remaining steps in the claims process.