By on April 11, 2018

2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE, Image: FCA

When Fiat Chrysler Automobiles regails the class with a “how I spend my summer” story this fall, expect some mention of handing over large sums of money to state and federal governments.

The U.S. Department of Justice and California Air Resources Board want the automaker to make things right after accusing it of polluting the nation’s air via its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engines. Some 104,000 Jeep and Ram vehicles from the 2014 to 2016 model years contained emissions control devices not revealed to the Environmental Protection Agency, which came down hard on the automaker after their discovery. According to FCA’s lawyer, the settlement could come this summer.

What does the DOJ want? According to an earlier settlement offer sent to the automaker, the levelling of “very substantial civil penalties” is the only way to ensure FCA learns its lesson.

At a federal court hearing in San Francisco on Tuesday, FCA lawyer Robert Giuffra said settlement documents were being exchanged between lawyers of both parties. Expect a settlement between FCA and the DOJ “probably sometime during the summer,” he told Reuters.

Talks between the two parties are reportedly progressing at a “swift pace.” That’s the way court-appointed advisor Ken Feinberg describes it, anyway.

So far, neither the DOJ or CARB have mentioned just how much penalty cash FCA might be on the hook for. While the vehicles in question await a fix designed to bring the engines into compliance, any civil payout would have to be accompanied by environmental mitigation efforts — no unlike those seen in the Volkswagen diesel settlement. Just fixing the older vehicles and ensuring new ones remain clean will not be enough. (The EPA gave 2017 Ram and Jeep EcoDiesels the green light back in July.)

FCA never admitted to any wrongdoing in the EcoDiesel saga.

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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6 Comments on “Fiat Chrysler Can Look Forward to a Big Summer Eco Payout...”

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    Expect another jump in the price of FCA products.

  • avatar

    “regails”? Seriously….

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    You would have thought every automaker would have pored through their ECU code with a fine-toothed comb after the VW scandal broke to reveal emissions controls they “forgot” to mention to the EPA, CARB, etc.

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      Never underestimate the exalted stupidity of the corporate mind. The execs paying themselves overachiever salaries and bonuses have legions of acolytes telling them how special they are. They populate boards with pals also suffering from illusions of intellectual grandeur merely because of personal wealth.

      Thus they march off to war oblivious of the damage done to them by underlings tasked with meeting impossible targets with no excuses allowed. Afraid of losing their jobs, the underlings lie. This is the state of corporate obliviousness we face today.

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    No Criminal Intent=No Fines

    FCA fighting this and prevailing would be great.

  • avatar

    Batteries for all!!

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