Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has been charged Thursday by the us authorities have installed over 100,000 of its engines in the United States software causing an increase in pollutant emissions, creating a new “dieselgate” after Volkswagen.
“once again, a major automobile manufacturer has taken the business decision to circumvent the rules and get caught,” said the owner of the agency california environmental (Carb), Mary Nichols, who is involved in the investigation with its federal counterpart of the EPA.
The group of american-Italian would have installed this software on models of the Jeep Cherokee and vans tray (pick-ups) Dodge Ram 500, manufactured between 2014 and 2016, and would not have informed the authorities, summarizes the EPA in a press release.
In September 2015, in the wake of the scandal at Volkswagen, the agency conducted further tests showing that these cars were discharging in the air levels “increased” nitrogen oxides (NOx), gases responsible for many respiratory ailments.
“The concealing a software that affects the emissions in an engine is a serious violation of the law that may result in pollution harmful to the air that we breathe,” said Cynthia Giles, one of the leaders of the EPA, quoted in the press release.
The federal agency has indicated that the automotive group was in the “civil penalties” while indicating to continue its investigations to determine whether these programs constitute “software truqueurs” prohibited by law.
Fiat Chrysler was immediately rejected these accusations in ensuring compliance with the “requirements” and denying any cheating.
“FCA US is looking forward to demonstrate (…) that its strategy to control emissions is properly justified and is not apparent, therefore, is not a +software truqueur+”, assured the group in a press release.
the announcement of The american authorities, in any case, immersing the title to Milan and on Wall Street, where it fell by nearly 13% to 16.50 GMT after seeing its listing temporarily suspended.
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In its press release, the group automobile, which had been saved from bankruptcy in 2009, takes care to repeat that he is eager to explain with the “future administration” american, who is about to enter office on January 20.
This could be a first indication of the intentions of the president-elect Donald Trump, who has repeatedly blasted the weight of environmental regulations on economic activity while the EPA is one of the pet peeves of the elected republicans in Congress.
Fiat-Chrysler has also put in very good terms with the president-elect vacating the last week the construction of a plant to 1.6 billion dollars in Mexico to invest in the United States and create 700 jobs.
This new case arises in the aftermath of a new and crucial step in the scandal of the dieselgate involving Volkswagen, which had recognized in 2015 be equipped with 600,000 vehicles in the United States of a software truqueur distorting the level of émisson of harmful gases in pollution controls.
on Wednesday, the German giant has pleaded guilty to “conspiracy” and”obstruction of justice” and agreed to pay $ 4.3 billion in penalties, bringing the total bill for the scandal to almost $ 22 billion on the United States alone.
The us authorities have, in total, indicted seven former and current executives or employees of VW and have promised to continue their investigation to bring those responsible to justice.
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12/01/2017 18 :49 :54 – Washington, 12 jan 2017 (AFP) – © 2017 AFP