Globally, between 2009 and the present, inter alia the following Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (also known as FCA) brands: Fiat, Alfa.Romeo and Jeep, installed impermissible “defeat device software” in millions of their diesel vehicles. The nature of the defeat device is simple: the vehicles operate in a.clean mode that is compliant with regulatory testing and switches to an alternative, “dirty mode”, after the standardized twenty-minute NEDC test.cycle would be complete.
In a real world driving test, that takes longer than the NEDC test time, the affected vehicles grossly.exceed the legal limits for NOx emissions. This was done to inter alia decrease maintenance costs, increase.performance, and to make the vehicles more competitive in the market.
FCA , the top holding company, acknowledged their guilt in the United States by.settling for 800 million dollars after the EPA confirmed the presence of defeat device software. In Europe, the Dutch RDW and the German KBA have also confirmed the presence of defeat.device software in certain engines that are used in different Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Jeep models.
Dutch RDW has ordered FCA to organize recalls for certain models in order to comply with applicable legislation.on Euro 5 and 6 standards. If and when FCA fails to do so, RDW has already announced it will consider a withdrawal of type-approval.for these cars, which means that these vehicles are not allowed to drive on public roads anymore.
Despite the above, FCA has refused to acknowledge their responsibility or do the right thing for their customers. Apart from affecting your wallet, this behaviour of FCA may have had a negative impact on the environment and public healthy in general.
With its unethical conduct, FCA (including its affiliated companies) has engaged in consumer fraud and therefore must be held accountable.
As a large international corporation, FCA relies on the fact that a single person does not have.the resources to challenge their wrongful conduct. Until recently, collective redress in Europe has been fragmented. This has allowed wrongdoers like FCA to avoid liability to its customers who have suffered financial damage by way of decreased resell values, increased maintenance costs, and post-fix frustration of decreased vehicle performance. Now, with the WAMCA-legislation in the Netherlands, the DEJF and LitFin has the possibility to represent all affected Europeans for the corporate wrongdoing of FCA and related parties such as the importers and dealers.
Firstly, we will do an eligibility check of your vehicle on a preliminary basis. After positive eligibility check, we will reach out to you for entering into a formal participation agreement with the Foundation, which will establish a legal relationship between you and us in the various jurisdictions we operate.
We will need to identify the person we are communicating with electronically (you), that you are in fact the registered owner. To do this we need you to provide a piece of identification information that is unique to you and generally only known by you. We have chosen date of birth as the most unintrusive identifier to ask you to provide. We will also ask you to provide us with other necessary documents in relation to the ownership of your vehicle.
Please be advised that, the entering into an agreement, is a next step in our on boarding process. This step concerns only the pre- registering of your (non-binding) interest in this case.
We have attempted to make this process as simple, quick, and non-evasive as possible keeping in mind our duty to the Court and our ability to successfully litigate your claim on a collective basis.