Cummins Agrees To Pay $1.675 Billion Penalty For Ram Heavy Duty Trucks

Centers On Installation Of Emissions Defeat Devices...

In a groundbreaking settlement, engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. has agreed in principle to pay a staggering $1.675 billion penalty in response to allegations of breaching the Clean Air Act. The settlement, set to be the largest ever for a Clean Air Act violation and the second-largest environmental penalty, centers on the installation of emissions defeat devices in engines powering Ram Heavy Duty pickups, a move that violated emission standards and regulatory compliance.

2022 Ram 3500 Limited Longhorn Mega Cab 4×4. (Ram).

The Clean Air Act mandates strict adherence to emission limits for vehicle and engine manufacturers, ensuring the mitigation of harmful pollutants. Cummins Inc. was scrutinized for allegedly equipping approximately 630,000 units of 2013 to 2019 Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty pickup truck engines with defeat devices. These devices, whether parts or software, effectively bypass, disable, or manipulate emissions controls, such as emission sensors and onboard computers, leading to excessive emissions of nitrogen oxides.

Moreover, the company is accused of installing undisclosed auxiliary emission control devices on 330,000 model year 2019 to 2023 Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty pickup truck engines, further exacerbating the emission issue.

6.7-liter CUMMINS H.O. I6 turbodiesel. (Ram).

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland stressed the gravity of these violations, stating, “Today, the Justice Department reached an initial agreement with Cummins Inc. to settle claims that, over the past decade, the company unlawfully altered hundreds of thousands of engines to bypass emissions tests in violation of the Clean Air Act.” Garland emphasized the tangible impact on public health, pointing out that “defeat devices on some Cummins engines have caused them to produce thousands of tons of excess emissions of nitrogen oxides,” which can lead to “breathing issues like asthma and respiratory infections.”

The Justice Department, in collaboration with the Environment and Natural Resources Division, the EPA, and the State of California, has worked rigorously on the case. This historic agreement underscores the commitment to holding accountable those who compromise public health and safety for profit.

2018 Ram 2500 Longhorn “Ram Rodeo” Edition. (Ram).

The impending consent decree, to be filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, will formalize the terms of the agreement. This settlement serves as a resounding message from the Justice Department, emphasizing its proactive stance against environmental law violations and dedication to safeguarding communities nationwide.

Ram has yet to release a statement on the settlement officially.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice / FOX59 News

Robert S. Miller

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To bad FCA didn't put that $1.675 Billion into engine development. All the gas guzzler tax paid by owners of the Hellcats into developing better fuel economy. A bunch of slackers.

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Did you read the article? The case is against Cummins, not Ram Trucks. The gas guzzler tax goes to the federal government, not the automaker. The money collected pays government bureaucrats who are working feverishly to shove EVs down everybody's throats and banning ICE powered vehicles.

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What Justice Department? They are the joke of this century, along with the Federal Blunder of Idiots (FBI). What is not known, how well these trucks ran with the added defeated code. Let alone, the amount of MPG lost with the idiocy of devices.

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one question! Where this 1.6 billions is going? Should be interesting 🤔

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