FCA Sued for Excess Emission by US Government

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FCA sued for excess emission in the United States as a civil lawsuit was filed stating that the emissions differed between testing and normal conditions

The last gasp effort from FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) to avoid a lawsuit by the Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency in the United States has failed to materialise as both the organizations have dragged the Italian-American automaker to the court.

As per the filed compliant, as much as 1,04,000 vehicles from the FCA’s stable have not mentioned about the software functions incorporated in the 3.0-litre diesel engines. The Department of Justice went as far as stating that the models in question have been equipped with defeat devices.

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Perhaps in a similar fashion to how Volkswagen did, the software is used to pass the federal emission testing by manipulating the outcome that are not possible during regular running of the cars as they are less efficient in usual driving conditions.

In response, FCA has said that it will itself vigorously, particularly against any claims that the company engaged in any deliberate scheme to install defeat devices to cheat U.S. emissions tests. The FCA has indeed confirmed that a copy of the compliant has been received and the reviewing process is currently on full swing.

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Furthermore, FCA has stated that it is committed to working cooperatively with EPA and CARB (California Air Resources Board) to resolve the agencies’ concerns quickly and amicably in order to avoid further civil lawsuits. As the dust settles down slowly in Volkswagen’s case, the new compliant might put FCA into trouble or it might resolve with needful explanations.

Just over a week ago, FCA applied for the emission certification of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and they were said to be updated with calibrations to emission software. Amidst denying of any cheating methods involved, FCA vows to install revised software on the older versions of the above said models.