Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been accused of having altered the emissions of some of their diesel vehicles by the Agency of environmental protection of the United States (EPA) and by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The Italian American Group has received the same notice of violation that in his day it came to Volkswagen and ended triggering the known Dieselgate.
Although in this case the number of affected vehicles would be much lower. The EPA estimates that there are 104,000 units which would furnish the software to reduce their emissions. On one side is the Jeep Grand Cherokee with 3.0 V6 engine liters (25,000 units) and on the other the Dodge RAM 1500 with the same 3.0 diesel engine liters (78,000 units). Those affected are all those units of these models that have been manufactured between 2014 and 2016.
Apparently these vehicles include eight functions that modify the emissions and that they should be documented and the EPA accused FCA have not informed of this. They report that due to do so in some cases this operation increases NOx emissions significantly. Although at present only an accusation, it has already had some impact as FCA decrease of 16% in the value of the shares on the New York Stock Exchange.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also wanted to defend themselves and they claim to have not broken the law. They have been available to the EPA to work together and resolve this case in a fair manner. Also, they want to stand out from the Dieselgate of Volkswagen saying that its selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system has not been intentionally manipulated as in the case of the Germans. We’ll see how you end up solving this case and If you arrive to affect Europe. In any case there would be too many units affected due to reduced sales of the RAM 1500 in our continent.
Source – EPA