Emissions: Fiat Chrysler is going to pay 650 million to settle lawsuits in the United States

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Fiat Chrysler, accused the United States to be equipped with 104 000 vehicles a software distorting the results of tests to measure emissions, has agreed to pay $ 650 million to settle lawsuits, reports on Wednesday, the New York Times.

According to the agreement concluded by the manufacturer of american-Italian, who is expected to be formally announced Thursday, the group will have to pay a fine of $ 305 million to federal authorities and the authorities of california, says the u.s. daily, citing two sources close to the matter.

Fiat Chrysler will also have to pay about 2,500 dollars to each owner of the cars in question — of SUVS Jeep Grand Cherokee and pickup trucks Ram models 2014 to 2016 — of the allowances which are expected to increase the total to more than $ 260 million.

 

It is also expected that the manufacturer pays about $ 72 million to settle the civil lawsuit brought by several u.s. States as well as other 6 million to settle various lawsuits appendices.

The us authorities, including the Agency for environmental protection (EPA), had filed a complaint against the group in 2017, accusing it of having used a software which distort the actual level of pollutant emissions during inspections and have not informed the authorities during the registration process.

According to the EPA, this trick allowed the vehicles equipped with the software in question to reject in the air an increased level of nitrogen oxide (NOx), a gas responsible for many respiratory ailments.

The CEO at the time, Sergio Marchionne, had then strongly defended the group, saying that Fiat would have had to “be more transparent” but refuting all match-fixing.

The group had even provided 700 million euros (810 million dollars) in its accounts for the third quarter of 2018 in the context of this litigation.

According to the agreement reached between the automaker and the american government, Fiat should not accept its responsibility, ” says the New York Times.

This case is due to the “dieselgate,” the scandal triggered by the German manufacturer Volkswagen, when it has been admitted in 2015 be equipped with a total of 11 million of its diesel cars to a software capable of distorting the results of the tests the pollution.

The “dieselgate” has since cost the giant of the automobile more than 28 billion euros in vehicle recalls, and legal proceedings, the majority of this sum having been paid in the United States.

 

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