FCA US pleads guilty to cheating in diesel emissions testing


DETROIT (AP) — FCA US, formerly known as Chrysler Group, pleaded guilty to conspiracy on Friday in a scheme to deceive regulators over the diesel emission systems of 101,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and trucks. Ram 1500.

FCA US agreed to pay a $96.1 million fine and waive an additional $203.5 million, federal prosecutors said.

The engineers have been accused of using software tricks and taking other measures to meet US emission standards while marketing the vehicles as “Clean EcoDiesel”.

“FCA US made false and misleading statements to regulators to ensure it obtained regulatory approval to sell” the vehicles in the United States, the Justice Department said.

The vehicles were diesel Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500 trucks of model years 2014, 2015 and 2016. FCA is now part of Stellantis.

“Consumer complaints related to the affected vehicles have already been resolved and no further recalls are required,” Stellantis said.

Separately, three FCA employees are facing charges in connection with the investigation.

In 2017, Volkswagen was fined $2.8 billion for cheating on diesel emissions testing in the United States. The company also paid $1.5 billion in a civil case brought by the government and said it would spend $11 billion to buy back cars and offer other compensation.


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