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Big News Wednesday May 24, 2017
Fiat Chrysler faces lawsuit in the U.S. for selling vehicles with defeat devices
Auto maker Fiat Chrysler is facing a lawsuit in the U.S. after the government accused the company of selling vehicles with "defeat devices" that helped them pass emissions tests. The Department of Justice (DoJ) alleged that the auto giant did not disclose the emissions control software to regulators. The software reportedly enabled the vehicles to produce lower emissions during roadworthiness tests than they did when used under normal driving conditions. Fiat Chrysler spokesman, Eric Mayne said in a statement that the firm would "defend itself vigorously" against the accusations "particularly against any claims that the company engaged in any deliberate scheme to install defeat devices to cheat U.S. emissions tests.” According to reports, the DoJ filed the civil complaint on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Detroit and is alleging that the software features were installed in about 104,000 Dodge Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles, model years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and sold in the U.S...Read more