Fiat Chrysler seeks diesel emission certification from EPA

Posted May 20, 2017

According to the reports, the Justice Department is allegedly planning to file a case against Fiat Chrysler in connection with claims of the company selling more than 100,000 vehicles that emit excessive diesel emissions. The company agreed to pay $4.3 billion in a criminal settlement and more than $17 billion in civil settlements after USA regulators uncovered so-called defeat devices, which change how a vehicle performs during or outside of testing, on VW diesels in 2015.

The Environmental Protection Agency has been reportedly in talks with the California Air Resources Board regarding the excess emissions of specific FCA vehicles and whether the following groups and agencies would push through with the approval of the company's 2017 diesel models. The engine is found in 2014-2017 model year Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 vehicles.

The Auburn Hills, Michigan, company said that if its application is approved by the agencies, vehicle owners would be able to get the software updates at their dealerships, but did not give a time frame. FCA - the automaker behind Jeep, Ram and four other US brands - said today that it filed an application with the EPA and California Air Resources Board for emissions certification on diesel versions of the 2017 Ram 1500 and Grand Cherokee.

The EPA has alleged that FCA did not disclose at least eight auxiliary emission control devices on Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 pickups from the 2014-16 model years with 3-liter diesel engines.

Nonetheless, the stop-sale prevented those models from being sold in the USA until the automaker corrected the issues.

The Justice Department took the exact same procedural step in early 2016 versus Volkswagen, nearly 4 months after the German automaker confessed utilizing software to release excess diesel emissions in nearly 500,000 automobiles.

FCA said Friday it believes the modifications that is proposed to its disputed diesels "should help facilitate a prompt resolution to ongoing discussions with the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and other governmental agencies". Eventually the German automaker paid more than $22 billion in legal settlements and fines stemming from the cheating.

The third USA automaker was accused by the EPA in January of violating laws on air pollution by concealing the existence of software that equips 104,000 vehicles in the United States. FCA says the update will reduce emissions without impacting engine performance or fuel efficiency.