By on January 27, 2020

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit, Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

While Volkswagen remains the industrial face of diesel-related scandals, it’s just one of many automakers fingered for emissions cheating. VW was simply the first to be dragged through the coals, and its great shame encouraged governments around the world to launch investigations into whether or not other manufacturers are guilty of similarly uncouth behavior.

Dutch road authority RDW has a problem with diesel models produced by Jeep and Suzuki. While Europe has fallen out of love with the diesel of late, the accusations are a little worse than simply falling to adhere to EU emission standards. RDW says the two automakers used “prohibited emissions strategies” that allowed vehicles to emit higher levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) on the road than during testing conditions. 

Acting as the reference regulator for the European Union, RDW recalled Jeep Cherokees across the continent on Thursday to enact a software fix. According to Reuters, Suzuki has yet to find a solution for its problem model — the diesel-powered Vitara.

Suzuki said the diesel variants of its Vitara and S-Cross used motors and software supplied by Jeep parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The automaker is required to issue a formal response to the Dutch investigation by the middle of February, at which point it will probably pass the buck to FCA.

With so many regulators around the globe going out of their way to suspect automakers of emissions cheating, we’re often left wondering how much of this is just a response to VW getting caught in 2015. While it could be an overreaction, that seems no more likely than automakers collectively engaging in illegal software mischief to ensure their vehicles pass increasingly stringent emission laws. Regulators have set the bar high and automakers are coming up with creative ways to reach it. Unfortunately, this appears to be happening beyond the confines of what’s legal.

German authorities recently announced a probe into Mitsubishi Motors for the suspected use of similar defeat devices installed in its diesel vehicles; keeping close tabs on all of its domestic automakers at the same time. In September, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler was hit with an €870 million fine as part of a settlement regarding similar software issues. In the month that followed, a new investigation was announced concerning its Sprinter vans.

[Image: FCA]

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