DETROIT – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The consumer rights law firm Hagens Berman today filed a class action lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler (FCA) and Cummins on behalf of 600,000 owners and lessors of 2018-2020 Dodge RAM Heavy Duty Cummins diesel trucks containing a faulty CP4 fuel injection pump.
Lawsuit filed on October 22, 2021 in US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan says the defect poses an “imminent risk to public safety,” leaving vehicle owners at risk of sudden and unexpected engine shutdown moving. The lawsuit accuses the automaker and the automaker of colluding to cover up the critical fuel pump fault and its safety risk.
“Fiat Chrysler has known about the faulty pump design for over a decade and has let consumers drive time bombs,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman and lawyer representing affected truck owners. “No consumer would have bought these vehicles if they had told them the truth, and they deserve to be safe and compensated. Our hearts go out to those who spent thousands, if not tens of thousands, to repair their trucks. Shame on FCA.
Design flaw CP4
The CP4 pump uses fuel to lubricate the inner cam, pump cylinders and rollers. If the fuel used is not sufficiently lubricated – which is not the case with most American diesel engines – the cam and rollers wear down against each other, generating tiny metal shavings that disperse throughout the fuel injection system. The lawsuit says FCA and Cummins knew that Bosch’s CP4 pump design was incompatible with U.S. diesel fuel.
The release of metal shavings into the fuel system is catastrophic and the complaint states that “failure can occur within the first mile, as the process of fuel injection disintegration begins with the very first filling of the tank and the start of the fuel. engine, pump components starting to deteriorate and disperse metal shavings into internal engine components and fuel system.
A failure of the fuel system causes the engine of the moving vehicle to suddenly and unexpectedly shut off and the inability to restart the vehicle, posing a substantial risk to the safety of consumers.
A review of consumer complaints by the Office of Defect Investigation of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that most stall / power loss incidents occurred at speeds above 25 MPH and resulted in “shutdown”. permanent vehicle ”.
Affected Dodge RAM truck owners have reported:
“With 20,000 miles, the explosion of the high pressure fuel pump in the middle of the highway”
“Contact said that while driving at 45 MPH, the vehicle lost its motive power. … There was no warning light on.
“The 2019 ram 3500 fuel injector pump turned off on me pulling a 20km motorhome that almost couldn’t stop!”
“I was driving on the freeway when the truck suddenly started to accelerate. I started to walk towards the shoulder. By the time I was in the shoulder, the truck lost all power.
Repair costs for each vehicle are at least $ 10,000, and lawyers say Fiat Chrysler refuses to repair trucks under warranty, blaming the problem on contaminated fuel. Additionally, owners of the affected trucks are reporting that repairs are unsuccessful, as no repairs will resolve the issue as long as the vehicle is filled with US diesel fuel.
Hagens Berman filed seven class actions v Ford, GM and FCA over the dangerous CP4 fuel injection pump in other diesel trucks.
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