As early as late 2015, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) was accused of emissions tampering on their EcoDiesel models. Back in May, the US government has begun filing the motion to charge FCA of emissions fraud. This civil suit covers the undeclared amounts of 'defeat devices' installed on diesel-powered offerings from the company.
Now, the Italian-American automaker is seeking to settle over the said case. While the US Department of Justice is still pursuing the matter, FCA plans to settle with the owners of the cars allegedly fitted with the defeat device. It covers over 100,000 cars with a mix of Ram 1500 EcoDiesels and Grand Cherokee EcoDiesels.
The report stated that talks will begin on October 12, 2017. FCA will be speaking with the owners but not to the government. It was also stated that FCA is now closer to reaching an agreement on fixing the said EcoDiesel vehicles. Despite that, the US government has actually approved the sale of EcoDiesel vehicles back in July except for the state of California. FCA meanwhile is confident that a 'simple software fix' will clear their name.
Besides FCA, engine manufacturer VM Motori was also named in the lawsuit. VM Motori designed several diesel engines for the automaker, namely the 3.0-liter V6 engine used in various models. The engine manufacturer is also currently being investigated. An older report said that the US DoJ and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were able to obtain internal documents which raised red flags. The documents, written in Italian, are under scrutiny by officials.
FCA is still denying any wrongdoing and expressed 'disappointment' at the US DoJ for filing the suit.