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Diesel Fiat Chrysler files for 2017 diesel certification after emissions controversy Jeep and Ram parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles filed an application featuring updated emissions software late last week for diesel emissions certification with the EPA. The DOJ filing also follows European Commission action against the government of Italy over the issue of diesel emissions data in Italian-market FCA models. “Subject to the permission of EPA and CARB, FCA US intends to install the same modified emissions software in 2014-2016 MY Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles. FCA US believes this will address the agencies’ concerns regarding the emissions software calibrations in those vehicles.” The EPA had indicated earlier that FCA faced potential fines amounting to $4.6 billion for all 104,000 Jeep and Ram models alleged to possess these devices.
according to “The nature and timing of any resolution of this issue are uncertain,” the EPA statement said. The lawsuit filed in Detroit federal court seeks an order stopping the practice as well as civil penalties, according to the EPA statement. DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is suing Fiat Chrysler, alleging that some diesel pickup trucks and Jeep SUVs cheat on emissions tests. The software allowed the vehicles to emit fewer pollutants during lab tests by Environmental Protection Agency than during normal driving conditions. The agency called the software a “defeat device” that changes the way the vehicles perform on treadmill tests in a laboratory.
Jeep Grand Cherokee: The US is suing Fiat-Chrysler for using defeat devices to cheat on emissions tests, similar to Volkswagen — Quartz
Nearly 104,000 diesel cars—all Ram 1500s and Jeep Grand Cherokees from model years 2014, 2015, and 2016—were sold with “defeat-device” software, the EPA said. US investigators say they uncovered “at least eight” secret features in the computers of Fiat-Chrysler vehicles that basically turn off the cars’ emission-control systems after they pass government tests. For comparison, Volkswagen was accused of selling 482,000 cars equipped with emissions-cheating defeat devices in the US. The growing epidemic of car companies accused of cheating on emissions standards has caused researchers to revise their estimates of global NOx pollution from diesel vehicles. They now believe those emissions are 50% higher than governments assume based on certification tests.
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