Fiat Chrysler Gets Accused Of Doing A #DieselGate

It’s interesting timing that just when VW seems to be making DieselGate disappear from the headlines, another car company has made it top of mind news again. This time it’s Fiat Chrysler. The US Government is accusing the automaker of cheating on emissions:

The U.S. government accused Fiat Chrysler on Thursday of failing to disclose software in some of its pickups and SUVs with diesel engines that allows them to emit more pollution than allowed under the Clean Air Act.

The Environmental Protection Agency it had issued a “notice of violation” to the company that covers about 104,000 vehicles including the 2014 through 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram pickups, all with 3-litre diesel engines. The California Air Resources Board took similar action.

“Failing to disclose software that affects emissions in a vehicle’s engine is a serious violation of the law, which can result in harmful pollution in the air we breathe,” said Cynthia Giles, EPA assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance.

Ouch. Apparently the state of California is making similar accusations.

Now Fiat Chrysler has denied this. But I am pretty sure that they’re quite worried as the last thing that any automaker needs right now is to have their name used in the same sentence as the words VW, cheating, and diesel. Plus given how things went down with VW, I would not want to be in Fiat Chrysler’s shoes if any of this is true as it is likely that their punishment will be worse than VW’s. Assuming that this is true of course.

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