DODGE TRUCK OWNERS * USA - Accuse Chrysler of VW-like cheating
* Michigan - First U.S. carmaker to be sued over fraudulent engines claims. Automaker says claims over 500,000 trucks don’t have merit
--- Diesel pollution cheating allegations hit a U.S. carmaker as Dodge truck owners sued Chrysler Monday, claiming some engines were rigged to hide emissions as much as 14 times higher than the law permits... The Michigan-based unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is the first U.S. carmaker to be sued by consumers. Similar claims were made against German carmakers. Volkswagen AG admitted that it installed devices designed to fool emission testing in 11 million cars worldwide in a scandal that may cost it 18.2 billion euros ($19.5 billion). Claims of rigging vehicles have also been made against Mercedes, which has denied the allegations... Chrysler and its diesel technology partner Cummins Inc. hid from consumers that pollutants that were supposed to have been broken down inside the diesel engines instead had a tendency to escape, almost doubling the emissions and reducing the vehicle’s fuel efficiency, according to the lawsuit. The companies are accused of fraud, false advertising and racketeering in the complaint, filed Monday in Detroit federal court on behalf of the owners of almost 500,000 Dodge Ram trucks... The carmaker said in a statement that it’s reviewing the complaint and will vigorously contest it. The company said it doesn’t believe the claims are meritorious... Jon Mills, a spokesman for Cummins, said the lawsuit has no merit and contains false and exaggerated claims...
(Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg) -- Detroit, MICH, USA - Bloomberg, by Kartikay Mehrotra - November 14, 2016
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