Feds Get FCA Diesel Emissions Case Moved to California

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U.S. officials have been granted a change of venue for the Department of Justice lawsuit alleging emissions violations by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in 104,000 model-year 2014-16 Ram 1500 pickup trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs equipped with 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engines. The case will now be heard by a San Francisco federal court rather than in Detroit.

The civil suit, filed with the EPA, accuses FCA of failing to disclose software on the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel that could be similar to the emissions defeat devices Volkswagen used to cheat on emissions testing in millions of its diesel cars. The EcoDiesel has been available for both the Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 since 2014.

During emissions testing, the VW Group's defeat devices allowed vehicles to dial back the effectiveness of two types of emissions-treatment systems: nitrogen oxide traps and selective catalytic reduction (a urea solution). The FCA vehicles named in the lawsuit use a selective catalytic reduction system. Both the Jeep and Ram 1500 use a selective catalytic reduction system and have particulate filters per federal emissions requirements.

The Detroit News is reporting that the accusations against FCA have more to do with not disclosing certain software coding rather than intentionally trying to circumvent emissions testing requirements. The paper also reported that automakers are allowed to use software to deactivate a vehicle's emissions control system under certain conditions, but those software codes must be disclosed when companies apply for certification to sell the vehicles in the U.S., and FCA failed to disclose all of its software coding.

FCA has said it will defend itself against these accusations and has denied any "deliberate scheme" to install "defeat" devices. Until this matter is settled, FCA will not sell 2017 EcoDiesels, nor will a decision be made about the 2018 model lineup until the court reaches a decision. GM also is being sued in a class-action lawsuit for alleged diesel emissions violations.

While California courts are viewed as being stricter regarding environmental issues, only time will tell whether that works to the government's advantage in this case.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears


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