Emissions Scandal: U.S. Department of Justice Hits Ram and Jeep with a $4.3 Billion Lawsuit (News)

Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Ram (FCA U.S.) released news last week that the company filed an application with the EPA and CARB to certify the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6-powered half-ton trucks for 2017 model-year diesel emissions.

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has now announced that it’s filing a lawsuit against Ram and Jeep for failing to disclose certain section of engine management software that control emissions. The DOJ lawsuit poses a fine of $4.6 billion if convicted, and claims that affected FCA vehicles “contain defeat devices” to cheat emissions certifications.

Ram and Jeep (FCA U.S.) deny wrong doing. The company has been working with the EPA for several months to address the agency’s concern. It appears that the EPA did not accept the application for further certification. The DOJ filed the lawsuit of behalf of the EPA.

Approximately 104,000 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokees that were produced between 2014-2016 are involved in the lawsuit.

Here is our emissions test of a 2016 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.