My firm filed the first and only class action in Wyoming on behalf of Wyomignites who were duped into purchasing the Volkswagen vehicles that were later discovered to be outfitted with diesel emission devices that operated to circumvent smog testing. To Volkswagen’s credit, they worked with teams of lawyers to come to a comprehensive settlement although litigation does continue on behalf of those that opted-out of the global settlement.
At the time Volkswagen appeared to be an isolated event with an isolated vehicle production company, but since such time allegations have surfaced that similar such “cheating” devices may have been installed in certain Fiat vehicles.
Fiat is owned by Chrysler.
The US Justice Department previously announced that they were initiating an investigation against Fiat for what they believed to be possible emissions-related scandals.
Less than thirty (30) days ago, Fiat announced that they would be modifying nearly 100,000 diesel vehicles in efforts to reach a settlement with the Department of Justice.
Remarkably this story has remained quiet for the most part, it will be the consumers who are left hung out to dry if further information is not otherwise disclosed as a result of these allegations.
Fiat could very well become the next public relations crisis. At least they will have Volkswagen to consult with about same.