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Copycats hoping Ram is a cheater

by David Zatz on

A new copycat class-action lawsuit has been filed in Michigan, copying one in California; both claim Ram has sold Cummins diesel engines with a “cheat device” in software.

The only company officially found to use such a device has been Volkswagen, which also used it in its Audi and Porsche brands.

The Cummins diesels in question have already been recertified by the EPA for sale in 2017, after intensive testing by the EPA showed that they were within the rules. Regulators have not made any charges against this engine.

The lawsuits have not been certified by a judge; their claims remain untested. Allpar was unable to find details of the plaintiffs’ evidence.

Cummins issued an unusually bold statement with the first charges: “This lawsuit has no merit and contains false and exaggerated claims.” The company went on to note that they are “transparent with all governing bodies,” disclosing designs and working with regulators worldwide.

The lawsuits do not seem to be related to an actual problem with the emissions of Cummins diesels in 2013-15 Ram 2500 pickups, whose selective catalytic reduction system can stop working due to moisture. That led to a recall for 130,000 trucks, which, by October, was costing over $1,400 per vehicle. FCA sued Cummins in October for $60 million of the estimated $200 million total recall cost; and Cummins countersued FCA for lack of cooperation in the recall.

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