FIAT CHRYSLER DELIBERATELY MISLED YOU

You may be eligible to claim back the entire purchase price of your vehicle due to Fiat Chrysler installing illegal emissions cheat devices in affected vehicles. We believe that Fiat Chrysler intentionally cheated you and breached EU Emissions Regulations leading to increased levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide pollution.

Your health and the environment

Fiat Chrysler's cheat devices led to increased levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide pollution. These emissions cause harm to children, worsen respiratory conditions, and reduce life expectancy.

Your vehicle's performance

Fiat Chrysler's emissions fraud misled owners about the performance of their vehicles. As a result, your vehicle may have been less efficient than expected and may have cost you more in fuel and maintenance.

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The story so far

Fiat Chrysler are under investigation for allegedly fitting illegal emission defeat (or cheat) devices to hundreds of thousands of their diesel cars and vans.

If you ever owned or leased a diesel vehicle from Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Iveco or Suzuki, first registered between 2008 and 2020, then you may be able to claim.

In a similar case in the US, Fiat Chrysler has already paid millions of dollars to its customers.

We believe Fiat Chrysler’s customers could be entitled to up to £10,000 per affected vehicle, however, we are aiming to win back the entire cost of each vehicle.

Customers who owned more than one vehicle that meets the description above can make multiple claims.

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WHY YOUR VOICE MATTERS


In July 2020, German prosecutors investigating emissions fraud raided 10 offices in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.

Eurojust, a European Union agency for criminal cooperation across member states, confirmed they were investigating allegations of companies allowing the use of defeat devices in some 200,000 vehicles.

CNH Industrial, the parent company of Fiat Chrysler and Iveco, later issued a statement confirming that their offices were among those raided.

What are defeat devices?

Defeat devices temporarily reduce vehicle emissions to cheat regulatory checks.

The vehicle is put under low emission 'test conditions' to pass regulatory checks. However, the 'test conditions' do not reflect real world driving conditions. As a result, real world driving emissions are much higher. Without these defeat devices, the vehicles would not pass the regulatory checks.

PGMBM believes that Fiat Chrysler deliberately misled its customers about the real level of emissions produced by their vehicles.

If you ever owned or leased a diesel vehicle from Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Iveco or Suzuki, first registered between 2008 and 2020, then you may be able to claim.

It takes under a minute to sign up. File a claim today with PGMBM and you may receive up to £10,000 or more in compensation.

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PGMBM: a global law firm commited to you

PGMBM is a top UK and global law firm combining the talents of some of the UK’s leading solicitors and barristers with the financial resources and expertise of American class-action lawyers.

We are currently a lead firm in similar group actions against the Volkswagen Group and Mercedes Group. We represent hundreds of thousands of clients around the world in other group actions holding large multinational companies to account for their corporate misdeeds.

Join tens of thousands of other Fiat Chrysler claimants and give yourself the best chance of being awarded compensation.


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CASE HISTORY

We believe that Fiat Chrysler has relied on a type of defeat device installed in certain models of their diesel vehicles to ensure that test results – in laboratory settings – were more favourable than normal on-road use, which enabled certain vehicles to pass emissions standards tests.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the regulation governing defeat devices expressly prohibits the use of defeat devices that reduce the effectiveness of the emission control system under normal conditions of vehicle use.

In light of the Fiat Chrysler Emissions Fraud, various fines have been assessed against entities of the Fiat Chrysler Automobile Group across the world and claims have been successfully litigated against Fiat Chrysler in the United States.

PGMBM is claiming against Fiat Chrysler on behalf of customers in England and Wales to try and obtain compensation similar to that which has already been awarded in the United States.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

When diesel is burned in a car engine, nitrogen oxides are released into the atmosphere. The two gases which have the most significant environmental impact are Nitric Oxide (known as No) and Nitrogen Dioxide (No2).

Diesel engines are infamous for producing high levels of nitrogen oxides. We now know that, under regular driving conditions, these vehicles were producing up to 40x the EU and UK emissions limits. The consequences of this have had far ranging environmental impacts, including:

Acid Rain

No2 reacts with water, oxygen and other chemicals and to form sulphuric and nitric acid, which leads to acid rain. The ecological impacts of acid rain are extensive, harming fish and other marine life, stunting tree growth, and negatively affecting the composition of soil and water, making environments uninhabitable for a number of species.

Smog, Ozone and Dangerous Molecules

An increase of No2 emissions has led to an increase in hazardous nitrate particles in the air, causing smog. When exposed to UV rays, nitrogen oxide molecules can also split, forming ozone, a pollutant which can further damage wildlife and fragile ecosystems. Ammonia, a toxic pollutant, can also be produced by excess nitrogen gas in the atmosphere.

In installing illegal emissions defeat devices in their vehicles, Fiat Chrysler has lied about the real levels of nitrogen oxides produced by its vehicles, directly harming the environment and contributing to the climate crisis.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. What is the claim about?

Fiat Chrysler are under investigation for allegedly fitting an illegal emissions defeat (or cheat) device to hundreds of thousands of their cars and vans.

In July 2020, German prosecutors investigating emissions fraud raided 10 offices in Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Eurojust, a European Union agency for criminal cooperation across member states, confirmed they were investigating allegations of companies allowing the use of defeat devices in some 200,000 vehicles.

CNH industrial, the parent company of Fiat Chrysler and Iveco, later issued a statement confirming that its offices were among those raided.

If you ever owned or leased one of the vehicles affected, you could be eligible for significant compensation."

Q. Why is it important to claim?

We believe Fiat Chrysler deliberately misled customers about the amount of emissions these vehicles produced and believe customers should be compensated for the following reasons:

  • The increased Nitrogen Dioxide levels are harmful to children, adults and the environment.
  • Customers may have experienced higher fuel bills and maintenance costs.
  • The performance of these vehicles was negatively affected.

We believe Fiat Chrysler has broken the trust of their customers, just like other manufacturers found to have misled customers about the amount of emissions in their vehicles, such as Mercedes and Volkswagen.

We believe affected customers should be compensated for the wrong-doings of Fiat Chrysler, just as they were in the United States Volkswagen claim.

Q. How much will I recover?

We will strive to win you as much as possible and are aiming to recover the entire cost of your vehicle. The exact amount will be decided by the Court.

Several cases have already been determined against Fiat Chrysler in the United States in multi-million dollar settlements.

We are, therefore, optimistic that we may be able to obtain damages of up to £10,000 or more per vehicle.

Q. How much will I be charged?

It's completely free to sign up and join the claim. You will be asked to enter into a no win, no fee agreement with us.

Under the terms of this agreement, we will only ever take a cut to pay our fees and expenses, as well as those of barristers, funders and insurers, if the case is successful. The exact amount will depend upon how long the case takes, how much time the lawyers need to spend on it, and the level of compensation obtained.

We are unique in capping our fees at a maximum of 50% inclusive of VAT, though the actual fee may be as low as 20%. At PGMBM our goal is to claim back the entire purchase price of the car for you.

Q. Am I eligible?

If you bought or leased a diesel Fiat, Suzuki, Alfa Romeo, Jeep car or a diesel Iveco truck vehicle between 2008 and 2020, then you are likely eligible to claim.

Once you’ve signed up, we’ll ask for some further information from you in a questionnaire and we’ll let you know for sure whether you’re able to claim.

Q. What do I have to do?

We've made the entire process simple and straightforward for you.

Once you’ve signed up, we’ll ask for some further information from you in a questionnaire and we’ll let you know for sure whether you’re able to claim.

We'll then send you regular updates to let you know how the case is progressing.

Q. Who are PGMBM and why should I claim with them?

PGMBM are a top UK and global law firm combining the talents of some of the UK’s leading solicitors and barristers with the financial resources and expertise of American class action lawyers.

We are passionate about winning this case and are determined to hold Fiat Chrysler to account.

We are currently one of the lead firms in a very similar group claim against Volkswagen Group and Mercedes Group and we represent tens of thousands of clients who are claiming.

By joining our group claim action you have the best chance of getting compensation. We make sure the whole process simple and straightforward.

We do everything for you and make your claim easy and stress free. We operate on a no-win, no-fee basis, and uniquely cap our fees.

Q. How does the case work? How is it “No-Win, No-Fee”?

You’ll get all the legal documents in the terms and conditions when we send them out. We’re going to run this case as a group action, meaning that we run all of our clients’ cases under one “umbrella”. This makes it easier to move all the cases forward together instead of doing them one at a time.

Should the entire Fiat Chrysler group action not be successful, then you won’t pay a penny. We protect you against any costs that Fiat Chrysler may incur by taking out an insurance policy known as After-The-Event (ATE) insurance that covers all of the costs in the unlikely event it isn’t successful.

Q. Why is there a deduction?

This is not as straightforward as some other cases like personal injury or PPI. The deduction has 3 elements in it: first the success fee, because we are sharing the risk of the case with you. Don’t forget we don’t get paid anything if we lose. Second, any potential shortfall of our costs that Fiat Chrysler don’t pay. Third, the cost of the ATE insurance policy that needs to be paid.

Q. Do I need to check for legal expense insurance?

We call this type of insurance Before-The-Event (BTE) insurance because you’ll have had it in place before this claim started. It’s worth checking for Legal Expense policies however, they will usually not cover a car purchase from this long ago. They usually don’t cover group action either.

When we send out all the documents at the start of the case, we’ll send out a questionnaire about this and contact any insurers you have policies with to see if this can be used.

Q. Isn’t this just like a PPI Case? How long will it take?

Our case is distinct from PPI cases. PPI cases usually follow years of investigation by financial regulation authorities and multiple drawn out court cases. As a claimant in this case, you are part of the initial case being put forward against Fiat Chrysler.

Of course we cannot guarantee a timescale for this group action but we will aim to proceed your claim as expediently as possible.