It’s easy to forget that it wasn’t just Volkswagen that got caught up in the whole. Plenty of other carmakers got outed for cheating on diesel emissions testing as well, .
Once FCA was exposed for installing emissions defeat devices in its diesel vehicles, owners were pretty pissed. Over 100,000 of them went and filed a class-action lawsuit against the company, and now, according to a story published on Friday by Reuters, those owners are about to get paid.
FCA offered to settle with the owners involved in the lawsuit for the princely sum of $307.5 million, and a federal judge in San Francisco accepted that settlement. That means that owners and lessees of 2014-2016 Ram 1500 andmodels can expect a check in the mail for around $3,075.
If that doesn’t sound like a lot, that’s because it’s not. It’s less than the upcharge on most vehicles to opt for a diesel engine. Still, owners have been enjoying sweet torque and decent fuel economy in the meantime, so it’s not all bad.
Current owners and lessees can submit a claim to be a part of the class action suit until February of 2021, while former owners and lease-holders only get until August of 2019 to get theirs in.