Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, part of the Stellantis group, was sentenced on Monday to paying a criminal fine of $300 million for diesel engines that pollute more than legally allowed.
The Detroit federal court’s decision is the result of a Justice Department investigation and includes a $96.1 million fine and $203.6 million in forfeiture. The penalties also include three years of institutional probation and three pending employees over technologies allegedly intended to defraud the United States and violate the Clean Air Act.
At the heart of the controversy are the 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 models with a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine, branded EcoDiesel and supplied by Italy’s VM Motori.
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, New York City, January 2014
The penalty is the result of a case that dates back to 2017 and the Trump administration, when the US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) alleging that “beat device” software allowed the cars to This emits lower levels of emissions during official test cycles than in real-world use, specifically at nitrogen oxide (NOx) levels.
If this sounds familiar, that’s because it is. The scandal closely mirrors — on a much smaller scale — that of Volkswagen Scandal “Dieselgate” was broken in 2015. That led to a closer look at other diesel models and the realization that VW was probably not the only one aiming to break the rules. Emissions of additional VW violations will cause Another 1,200 people died In Europe alone, a 2015 MIT study was predictive. That leads to a large amount Settlement for the states of the United Statesconsists of the formation of Electrify America.
2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE
The government has noted that the FCA previously paid $311 million in civil penalties and $183 million in restitution to 63,000 owners. The latter was the result of a class action lawsuit and a consent decree with the authorities, whereby the FCA agreed to update the emissions software of these vehicles, provide extended warranties and compensation to owners up to $3,075 per vehicle.
FCA partnered with the EPA and CARB, leading to the 2019 truck recall, in which revised emissions software was implemented.