Fiat Chrysler and Cummins have been named in a second class action lawsuit alleging the companies used a cheat device on certain heavy duty Ram pickups in order to fool regulators and skirt emissions laws.
According to The Detroit News, the class action suit was filed last Friday in the United States District Court in Detroit. It alleges both FCA and diesel engine supplier Cummins knowingly installed software in 6.7-liter diesel-equipped Ram pickups that would hide the trucks’ true emissions levels. Plaintiffs are seeking compensation for damages and other monetary relief.
Both FCA and Cummins vehemently deny the allegations. Additionally, the U.S. environmental protection agency and other regulators have yet to accuse either entity of using a cheat device on the 6.7-liter diesel engine.
“Based on the information available to it, FCA US does not believe that the claims brought against it are meritorious,” an FCA spokesperson said in a statement. “FCA US will contest this lawsuit vigorously.”
“We’re deeply disappointed in the effort to tarnish our image and we will vigorously defend ourselves,” Cummins spokesman Jon M. Mills said. “We’ve had a great partnership with Chrysler for more than 30 years and our companies continue to be committed to putting our customers first.”
The lawsuit is the second of its type filed against FCA this year. In early December, a class action suit filed in California accused it of using a cheat device in Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee models equipped with the automaker’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 – which is provided by Italian supplier VM Motori. FCA also denies those allegations.