Lawsuit Alleges GM Cheated On Diesel Pickup Truck Emissions

General Motor’s cheating allowed its trucks to pass US inspections even while they spewed emissions two to five times the legal limit as per the complaint filed in Detroit federal court

General Motor’s cheating allowed its trucks to pass US inspections even while they spewed emissions two to five times the legal limit as per the complaint filed in Detroit federal court

The suit, which was filed Thursday and seeks class-action status, alleged GM placed emissions test defeat devices in 705,000 Duramax diesel Sierra HD and Silverado models of heavy-duty trucks.

"These claims are baseless, and we will vigorously defend ourselves", GM spokesman Dan Flores said. But the suit says plaintiffs conducted a test of GM's trucks and found they emitted two to almost six times the legal limit.

A Seattle-based law firm filed a civil lawsuit against the US automaker in MI court on Thursday, alleging that GM presently has about 700,000 diesel vehicles on the road in the United States that are equipped with the so-called "defeat devices". "The Duramax Diesel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations".

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While FCA, Mercedes-Benz, and Peugeot have already been scrutinized, GM is now the fifth automaker accused of using defeat-like devices in its vehicles.

If the claims in the lawsuit against GM are proven true, the company will nearly certainly face major sanctions from US - and possibly worldwide - regulators.

GM joins at least five automakers whose diesel emissions have been scrutinized by regulators or consumers.

Since VW was found to be installing the defeat devices in its cars, the German company has paid more than $24 billion in fines, penalties and potential buybacks in North America. The suit targets more than 705,000 vehicles now estimated to be on the road, with model years between 2011 and 2016.

The same law firm filed a similar suit past year against General Motors in California.

The lawsuit, filed in a Detroit federal court, came the same week that USA authorities brought legal action against Fiat Chrysler, accusing the company of likewise configuring diesel-powered vehicles to deceive emissions tests, an allegation the company denies. Hagens Berman has also sued Fiat Chrysler. Volkswagen is also paying $1.5 billion in a civil lawsuit brought by the U.S. government, and spending $11 billion to buy back cars and offer other compensation to owners.

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