Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is now under investigation for allegedly fitting illegal emission defeat devices to hundreds of thousands of their diesel vehicles between 2008 and 2020. In a similar case in the US, Fiat Chrysler has already paid millions of dollars to its customers.

In July 2020, authorities in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland investigating emissions fraud and the use of defeat devices raided the offices of Fiat Chrysler and CNH Industrial (the parent company of Iveco).

PGMBM believes that Fiat Chrysler deliberately misled its customers about the real level of emissions produced by their vehicles. We think customers could be entitled up to £10,000 per affected vehicle.


Mercedes-Benz is under investigation for allegedly installing illegal emission ‘defeat devices’ to hundreds of thousands of its diesel cars and vans, used to cheat emissions testing and limits laid down by Regulations imposed by law. In 2018, the German Federal Motor Transport Authority forced a recall of 774,000 Mercedes vehicles in Europe, regarding the potential software fitted to mask diesel emissions. There are currently hundreds of cases involving Mercedes-Benz’s fraudulent actions pending in courts around the world. These cases include claims for damages and the right to return the vehicle without any financial losses.


Vehicle manufacturers Nissan and Renault are currently being investigated for allegedly installing illegal emissions defeat devices in over 1 million cars and vans. Nissan and Renault are the latest manufacturers to be investigated over illegal defeat device usage, following the footsteps of Volkswagen in 2015 and Mercedes-Benz in 2018. Higher emissions of nitrogen dioxide may have negatively affected vehicle performance, forcing customers to pay increased maintenance and fuel bills, and to suffer from pulmonary problems as a result of toxicants in the air.


Between 2008 and 2016, Volkswagen sold millions of vehicles worldwide, including 1.2 million in the UK, which emitted levels of nitrogen dioxide, a pollutant seriously harmful to human health, in excess of the limits laid down by Regulations imposed by the European Union. The vehicles only passed emissions tests because VW had installed software in their engines which detected that the vehicles were being tested and operated in a different way in order to pass the test. Consumers were victims of VW’s deception, in that they purchased vehicles which they believed to be environmentally friendly when, in fact, they were not.

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