Back in January, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Bosch (Robert Bosch GmbH and Robert Bosch LLC) announced they have reached a settlement on civil, environmental and consumer claims with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the State of California, 49 other States and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, agreeing to pay approximately $400 million in civil penalties to resolve differences over diesel emissions requirements on its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine equipped vehicles. Now FCA has received final approval on its settlement in federal court in California.
The class-action settlement also provides monetary compensation to eligible customers. EcoDiesel owners can submit their claims at www.EcoDieselSettlement.com or may call 1-833-280-4748 with questions regarding the suit.
EcoDiesel owners who submit a timely and valid claim will receive a cash payment. Under the class action settlement, who owned the vehicles January 12th, 2017, and still had them as of April 15th, 2019, are eligible for the full compensation payments of $3,075 (USD). If the vehicle owner sold the vehicle or if the current owner purchased it during the same time period, they will receive $2,460, according to the agreement. Leaseholders are eligible to receive $990.
Deadline for class-action claim submissions is February 3rd, 2021. However, claims will not be considered if the vehicle has not undergone a software update from a certified Ram or Jeep® dealer by May 3rd, 2021. Former EcoDiesel owners and lessees can have to submit their claims by August 1st, 2019. The software update for the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 will be available for affected 2014 to 2016 Ram 1500 pickups and Jeep® Grand Cherokee SUVs. The update will not affect the average fuel economy of the vehicles and was approved by the EPA and the CARB.
FCA will also provide extended warranties that cover up to 10 years or 120,000 miles (whichever comes first) on the emissions modifications.