United States District Court Judge Edward M. Chen granted final approval Friday of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ $307.5 million settlement over litigation surrounding its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engines. FCA will provide owners and lessees a cash payout in addition to a full software flash that will correct the emissions cheating software currently installed in the vehicles. Furthermore, owners and lessees will receive an extended warranty for their vehicles.
What vehicles are involved?
This class-action settlement affects roughly 100,000 owners of vehicles from 2014-2016 that have Ram 1500 pickups or Jeep Grand Cherokees fitted with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6. After completing their software flash, owners should receive a cash payout of roughly $3,075. If you were a former owner or lessee, you are still eligible for a payout. However, the cash compensation is reduced to $990.
How do I file a claim?
FCA has set up a website for class members to file their claim. Owners can go to https://www.ecodieselsettlement.com/ to check their vehicle’s eligibility and proceed with the claim process. Per the settlement website:
Current owners and lessees have 21 months from [May 2019] (the “Effective Date”) to submit a claim, and two years from the Effective Date to complete the repair and receive compensation. Former owners and lessees will have 90 days from the Effective Date to submit a claim. FCA will pay eligible claims on a rolling basis as they are received and approved, and offers are accepted by Class Members.
According to FCA, “The Extended 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. The extended warranty will be provided free of charge and will be fully transferrable if owners or lessees sell their eligible vehicles in the future.”
Future EcoDiesel Products?
Despite the setbacks, FCA plans to continue production of the EcoDiesel engine. Ram plans to reintroduce the EcoDiesel Ram 1500 by the end of 2019. Plus, we also know the Jeep Gladiator should get the engine in 2020.
Stay tuned to TFLtruck.com for the latest news, views & real-world reviews. We will continue posting future updates on this powerplant as we learn more. Meanwhile, see what we thought of this engine in the Ram 1500 by watching the video below: