A repeat of Dieselgate: Fiat and Chrysler to pay $300 million for underreporting harmful emissions

A repeat of Dieselgate: Fiat and Chrysler to pay $300 million for underreporting harmful emissions 1

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has pleaded guilty to fraud with harmful emissions from its diesel engines. The concern has made a deal with the US Department of Justice and is ready to pay $300 million in compensation. This is reported by Reuters.

A repeat of Dieselgate: Fiat and Chrysler to pay $300 million for underreporting harmful emissions 3
The turbo-diesel V6 was produced by the Fiat VM Motori division

The case of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is similar to the infamous Dieselgate. Like Volkswagen, the American concern used special software that underestimated the harmful emissions of diesel engines during inspections.

It was found that the “deceptive” software was installed on 101.5 thousand Ram 1500 and 2500 pickups, as well as Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs of 2014-2016 with 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 produced by Fiat VM Motori. It turned out that in real conditions (especially at high speeds), the content of nitrogen oxides NOx in the exhaust was much higher than in the tests and exceeded the established norms.

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In 2019, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled all cars and brought their environmental indicators back to normal. In addition, their owners were paid $2,800 in compensation and paid $400 million for environmental damage.

Now the concern has to pay a fine of 96.1 million dollars. In addition, $203.6 million of profits from the sale of cars with 3.0-liter turbo-diesel will be confiscated from him. Since 2021, FCA has already been part of the Stellantis concern, and obviously, now it is its management that will deal with the residual settlement of the situation.