By on January 13, 2017

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit, Image: FCA

Well known as a leading voice in the fight against climate change and a host of other progressive issues, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman now has Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in his sights.

After yesterday’s bombshell announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency, in which the regulator accused FCA of violating federal laws with its 3.0-liter diesel Jeep and Ram models, Scheiderman revealed that his office will investigate the automaker.

A noted environmental attack dog, Schneiderman isn’t the guy you want on your tail.

The EPA claims that it found at least eight auxiliary emissions control devices on diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 models. Those devices, which FCA did not reveal during the models’ certification process, cause the roughly 104,000 vehicles to emit excess nitrogen oxide pollution. That leads to smog, the EPA’s largest foe.

In a statement that draws obvious parallels with Volkswagen’s diesel scandal, assistant EPA administrator Cynthia Giles said, “Some of the devices appear to cause the vehicle to perform differently when being tested and when in use.”

FCA could face billions of dollars in fines if found guilty of evading emissions laws.

Late yesterday, Schneiderman issued a release claiming he was “deeply troubled” by the EPA evidence.

“My office will not tolerate attempts by any company to evade our environmental laws and pollute the air we breathe,” Schneiderman wrote. “As such, my office will investigate the claims against Fiat Chrysler and stands ready to work with our state and federal partners to ensure that any violations are pursued to the fullest extent of the law.”

FCA’s Sergio Marchionne wasn’t staying tight-lipped yesterday. The CEO blasted the EPA findings, claiming that his company operates above board and that its vehicles conform to regulations.

Speaking to reporters, Marchionne said FCA “has nothing in common” with Volkswagen’s diesel deception, adding that anyone who thinks otherwise is “smoking illegal material.”

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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14 Comments on “Sergio vs. Schneiderman: New York A.G. Dives Into the Fiat Chrysler Emissions Controversy...”


  • avatar
    ToddAtlasF1

    Repeal the underlying acts used by the EPA to ride roughshod over the bill of rights and then invoke the commerce clause to pull the rug out from under aspiring totalitarians like this tweezer-noodle. Problem solved.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      There’s enough gaslighting here to raise Earth’s temperature by at least .000065 degrees.

    • 0 avatar
      Vega

      Yeah, back to the good old days! Like LA in the 50s!

      • 0 avatar
        brettc

        The haze I see when I watch old episodes of CHiPs is bad enough, I don’t think anyone wants that back no matter what side they’re on politically.

      • 0 avatar
        2manycars

        You could turn the clock back on EPA regs 10 years and lock them there and everything would be just fine. One of the many problems with environmentalists, liberals, and bureaucrats is that they do not understand the concept of “diminishing returns.” Not to mention that no government agency is ever going to say, “our job is done, we can scale back now.” The control freaks in these agencies lust after ever-increasing amounts of power, authority, and of course more tax money.

        We reached the point of diminishing returns for environmental regulations a long time ago and it is way past time to get the EPA gangsters back under control. Come on Trump, we know you and the Republicans can do it if you have the will!

        • 0 avatar
          Lorenzo

          Yeah, but the topic is the NY Attorney General horning in on the action. Schneiderman is following in a long line of NY AGs who did the same thing, trying to leverage the action into a national political presence.

          It’ll be awhile before we find out if Mr. S is another Thomas E. Dewey running for President (and losing), or another Eliot Spitzer being undone by personal scandal.

          I’m still waiting for someone already on the national stage to tell the NY AGs to butt out of issues involving interstate commerce, a federal prerogative.

    • 0 avatar
      VoGo

      That damned Nixon and the Republicans in Congress in the 70’s!

  • avatar
    Rday

    The jerkoffs from FCA deserve all the bad things that are coming their way. With a conman like this guy Sergio you can’t convince me or anyone else that everything they do is not to ripoff the american consumer and sell the cheapest product at a inflated price. Capitalism or corruption????FCA deserves a well deserved ‘dirt nap’.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      Come on. FCA is a merger of two failed automakers. They’re not trying to rip off the public, they’re trying desperately to remain in business tomorrow. The “Amazing Sergio” act is their last chance to find a bigger company to latch onto like a suckerfish, or they’ll have to part out the company in the mother of all distress sales.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    This will be a fun one. Go Sergio!

  • avatar
    Kendahl

    First VW and now FCA. Can Ford and GM be far behind? Is it even possible to build a diesel that performs well and complies with emission regulations?

  • avatar
    Tosh

    NFW the ugly sweater troll actually used the words “smoking illegal material”?? Cuz, for one thing it turns out that it’s more legal than HIS OWN VEHICLES. Bwa-hahahahaha….!

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I have changed my opinion on diesels for cars, suvs, and half ton pickups. Since the EPA standards are so strict and the manufacturers have to rig the testing it might be better not to make diesels available in the US in lighter duty vehicles. This could be a final nail in FCA’s coffin. Not worth the risk.

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