Fiat Chrysler used software to cheat diesel emissions testing, EPA allegesSam Thielman in New York
Thursday 12 January 2017 17.16 GMT
The US Environmental Protection Agency has accused a second major car company, Fiat Chrysler, of cheating on its diesel emissions testing by using secret software applications in multiple models.
The company’s Jeep Cherokee and Dodge Ram vehicles used “management software” that “increases air pollution” from nitrous oxide for three years, the EPA alleged in a notice of violation issued Thursday.
Fiat Chrysler said it was “disappointed” in the citation, and it “believes” its emission control systems met applicable requirements.
“All automakers must play by the same rules, and we will continue to hold companies accountable that gain an unfair and illegal competitive advantage,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s office of enforcement and compliance assurance.
Volkswagen was accused of using similar software on its own diesel vehicles to mask the emissions of the same greenhouse gas in September 2015. Multiple regulators slapped the automaker with $15bn in fines and consumers the world over filed class-action lawsuits against the firm. Shares of Fiat Chrysler immediately dropped 16% on the news.