The case against Fiat Chrysler

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

What we are doing

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.

Process and Information Request

For you to participate in this action, we need to verify certain information and need your cooperation. It’s very simple and straightforward. We recognize that providing personal information is sometimes troubling, but please rest assured your information is fully protected in accordance with our privacy policy (to read click here or here) and will only be used to validate your claim.

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.

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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.

Proceedings against FCA et. al.

  • On 31 August 2020, the Foundation has served the writ of summons against the defendants, being Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, FCA Italy SPA, Alfa Romeo SPA, FCA US Ltd, the Dutch importer FCA Netherlands BV and a number of individual dealers.

  • On 2 December 2020, the first hearing date took place. On this date, the defendants and their lawyers have introduced themselves in court and the Foundation has served the exhibits to the writ of summons.

  • Meanwhile, three months period during which other collective interest organizations were able to start their own action in order to candidate themselves for the position of lead plaintiff has expired. No other collective interest organizations have made use of this possibility.

  • The parties have requested the court to schedule a case management hearing.