Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has been accused of violating U.S. clean air regulations, and is facing a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department. CNBC reports that the civil lawsuit was filed by the department on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, and seeks to hold the automaker liable for its use of software that can bypass emission controls on its diesel vehicles.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has denied the allegations and any wrongdoing. While an official recall of affected vehicles has yet to be issued, FCA has stated that it will be modifying around 100,000 diesel vehicles, including its Ram pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee, to ensure that they meet EPA standards, as reported by The New York Times.
Lawsuit Subject: No FCA recalls have been issued for emissions violations, but a lawsuit has been filed against the company regarding its violation of clean air standards and diesel emissions regulations. The two vehicle types involved are the Ram and Grand Cherokee.
Summary: The violations that FCA has been accused of committing are similar to the Volkswagen emissions breach that occurred in 2015, in which computerized software intentionally disables emission controls in order to enhance the vehicle’s performance. While FCA has adamantly denied that the software in affected vehicles was designed to cheat emissions tests, investigators say that the company is unable to sufficiently respond to questions about software function.
The diesel emissions lawsuit is not the first time that the company has been involved in a software problem. In May 2017, the automaker recalled 1.25 million Ram pickup trucks for what The New York Times called “a fatal flaw.” The software defect could disable airbags and disable seatbelt tension devices.
The defect leading to the recall of Ram pickups could be deadly for consumers, resulting in catastrophic injuries in the event of a crash. Vehicles involved in the clean air violation have not yet been recalled. However, vehicles could be recalled once software is certified by the EPA.
If you receive a recall notice from Fiat Chrysler as an owner of an affected vehicle, you should act quickly to follow instructions. All repairs and updates to vehicles when a recall is issued are performed free of charge.
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