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A court-appointed settlement advisor in Washington has confirmed that Fiat-Chrysler has engaged in settlement talks with claimant lawyers over yet another car emissions scandal that has plagued the motor industry these past two years.
The lawyers represent owners of Fiat-Chrysler cars that are reportedly fitted with certain software that can manipulate vehicle emissions and can affect the difference between emissions levels identified in testing and real-world conditions; similar to the ongoing Volkswagen Emissions Scandal.
Although Fiat-Chrysler deny they have done anything intentionally wrong, lawyers have brought claims in the U.S. that are looking likely to settle in favour of the drivers.
Since the VW emissions scandal erupted in September 2015, and since then there’s been rumours that other auto-makers have been up to similar activities. Allegations were made against the 7th largest auto maker, Fiat-Chrysler, a day after VW agreed to pay around £3.3 billion in civil and criminal penalties for its wrongdoing.
Despite the carmaker denying any wrongdoing, authorities have been investigating their vehicles and have found software that can reportedly affect emissions readouts. As such, it’s something we’re keeping a very close eye on, as there are some remarkable similarities between the VW emissions scandal and the probes in to Fiat-Chrysler.
VW aren’t the only ones who have reportedly been cheating emissions testing. Fiat Chrysler were alleged to have been doing the same as well.
Upon finding out about their alleged cheating, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prohibited the manufacturer from making diesels in the U.S. Since then however, there’s been a rumour in the mill that Fiat are making diesels again, and are set to be selling them once more.
In an unsurprising turn of events, Fiat Chrysler appear to have buckled under pressure from consumers and authorities accusing the car maker of cheating emissions testing.
Fiat Chrysler appear to be following in Volkswagen’s footsteps. In the same way the German car giant rolled out “fixes” for cars installed with so-called “defeat devices”, Fiat Chrysler are also performing a recall for a “fix” to be applied as well.
Yet they deny any wrongdoing…
Fiat Chrysler pulled into the emissions scandals…
Fiat Chrysler has said it will discuss the possibility of paying a settlement to those affected by potential emissions cheating involving Fiat Chrysler vehicles. After Volkswagen (VW) were found to have cheated to allow millions of their vehicles to pass stringent emissions testing, authorities have looked into other car makers to see if illegal practices are more widespread across the industry.
Whilst Fiat Chrysler reportedly does not use a so-called “defeat device” in the way VW were found to have been doing, their vehicles have been found to contain software that can alter the way emissions are regulated in the real world when compared to when the vehicles are being tested.
Researchers who discovered the colossal Volkswagen dieselgate scandal say Fiat Chrysler’s so called ‘EcoDiesel’ vehicles are churning out 20 times the legal limit of Nitrous Oxide (NOx).
Whilst emitting half of the extra pollutant when compared to some VW cars, 20 times over the legal limit is still a hefty amount. At a time when VW vehicles are understood to be spewing out tonnes of the pollution, and in times when their so-called “fix” appears to be causing damage to some vehicles, Fiat Chrysler certainly isn’t helping with the industry’s reputation.