US sues Fiat Chrysler, saying it used software to cheat on emissions tests – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The U.S. government is suing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, alleging that some diesel pickups and Jeep SUVs cheat on emissions tests.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Justice Department claims that nearly 104,000 Ram pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokees from the 2014 to 2016 model years have software that enables them to emit lower amounts of pollutants during lab tests by the Environmental Protection Agency than during normal driving.

The 3-liter FCA diesels emit nitrogen oxide at a much higher rate than allowed under federal laws when on the road, the EPA said in a statement. The company failed to disclose the software during the process to become certified so the vehicles can be sold, according to the EPA. The agency called the software a “defeat device” that changes the way the vehicles perform on treadmill tests in a laboratory.

“Each of these vehicles differs materially from the specifications provided to EPA in the certification applications,” the statement said. “Thus the cars are uncertified, in violation of the Clean Air Act.”


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