Lawsuit alleges GM cheated on diesel pickup truck emissions

Lawsuit alleges GM cheated on diesel pickup truck emissions

A civil lawsuit filed in federal court in MI on Thursday claims the diesel versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups produce higher levels of nitrous oxide when they are being driven than during tests. Lawyers filed the action in Detroit.

GM denied the claims in the suit, calling them "baseless", and promised to "vigorously defend" against the charges.

He added that the trucks comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards and California's own tough emissions standards.

If found guilty, the lawsuit would seek remedies including possible refunds, restitution for lost value, and punitive damages.

The lawsuit apparently affected GM's stock price. These engines are marketed as being clean diesels, but a recent lawsuit claims that GM has been using default devices (like Volkswagen did) to fudge the emissions tests.

Shares of GM were down 69 cents, or 2.1 percent, at $32.50 in afternoon trading, after earlier falling to $31.93. It alleges that the company employed three different "defeat devices" to bypass state and federally mandated emissions tests and that these vehicles actually produce between two and five times the legal limit of NOx gas.

Lawsuit alleges GM cheated on diesel pickup truck emissions
Lawsuit alleges GM cheated on diesel pickup truck emissions

Modifying the engines to meet emissions standards would reduce performance, horsepower and fuel economy, the 184-page complaint said.

The suit also names supplier Robert Bosch, which has also been implicated in the VW scandal and is being investigated as part of the probe into Daimler.

"Bosch is cooperating with the continuing investigations in various jurisdictions, and is defending its interests in the litigation", the spokesperson said.

The specific trucks named in the suit are the model year 2011-2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500 HD trucks, and Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500 HD trucks.

Hagens Berman Sobol, which succeeded in bringing a similar case against Volkswagen, was among several firms taking up the lawsuit.

Hilliard Munoz Gonzales, which handles many GM ignition switch lawsuits, also represents the plaintiffs. And Bosch control units are found in nearly all of the vehicles found or alleged to have been manipulating emissions, including Mercedes, Fiat Chrysler and Chevrolet. General Motors LLC, 17-cv-11661, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit).

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