By on January 17, 2017

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The Environmental Protection Agency alleged last week Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had installed undisclosed emissions software in 104,000 of its diesel vehicles — issuing the company a notice of violation for its Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500.

While the EPA continues its investigation into whether or not FCA will become the next Volkswagen, Canadian law firm Sotos LLP and America’s Heninger Garrison Davis LLC have coincidentally teamed-up to launch class action lawsuits on behalf of consumers.

These new suits are linked to the 2014 to 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 models equipped with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 the EPA is so keenly interested in right now. However, there is an outstanding and unrelated law suit over Cummins equipped Ram models from 2007 to 2012.

The Sotos suit is seeking $250 million in damages against FCA Canada on behalf of affected owners. Filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the document states it is seeking compensation and faults the company with poor conduct, civil conspiracy, and corporate negligence. Meanwhile, Heninger Garrison Davis have not yet disclosed the amount of compensation it will be seeking but it did openly refer to the emissions software as “defeat devices.”

Potentially following in Volkswagen’s footsteps, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also faces a possible fine of up to $4.62 billion — based upon the cost per vehicle and the number of trucks produced for the 2014 through 2016 model years.

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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