Sergio Vs. Schneiderman: New York A.G. Dives Into the Fiat Chrysler Emissions Controversy

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
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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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  • Tosh Tosh on Jan 13, 2017

    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....!

  • Jeff S Jeff S on Jan 14, 2017

    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.

  • ToolGuy "Mr. President, no government agency, no think tank, and no polling firm knows more about the automobile customer than us. We talk to customers every day. As retail automotive dealerships, we are agnostic as to what we sell. Our business is to provide customers with vehicles that meet the needs of their budgets and lifestyles.”• How many lies can you fit into one paragraph?
  • Spamvw Three on the tree, even Generation X would have a hard time stealing one of those.
  • ToolGuy This trend of cyan wheels needs to end NOW.
  • Kwik_Shift Interesting nugget(s) of EV follies.
  • SaulTigh I've said it before and I'll say it again...if you really cared about the environment you'd be encouraging everyone to drive a standard hybrid. Mature and reliable technology that uses less resources yet can still be conveniently driven cross country and use existing infrastructure.These young people have no concept of how far we've come. Cars were dirty, stinking things when I was a kid. They've never been cleaner. You hardly ever see a car smoking out the tail pipe or smell it running rich these days, even the most clapped out 20 year old POS. Hybrids are even cleaner.