Emissions Investigation Widens at Fiat Chrysler

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March 3, 2017

Carmaker says it is cooperating with federal, state agencies

Fiat Chrysler has disclosed that additional federal and state agencies are now investigating its alleged diesel emissions violations.

The automaker said in a corporate filing that it has "received various inquiries, subpoenas and requests for information from a number of governmental authorities, including the Department of Justice, the (Securities and Exchange Commission) and several states' attorneys general."

Fiat Chrysler said in the filing Tuesday it is still conducting its own investigation and that "we intend to cooperate with all valid government requests."

It also said several lawsuits have been filed since January, when the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board said they were looking into emissions violations involving about 104,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles from the 2014 to 2016 model years that were sold in the U.S.

The vehicles involved all had 3-liter diesel engines.

At that time, the Environmental Protection Agency alleged that Fiat Chrysler had put in eight different software programs into the units controlling the engines that had not been disclosed to the agency as required. The programs allowed the engine to spew harmful nitrous oxide emissions. Fiat Chrysler fought back at the time, with CEO Sergio Marchionne saying there is no evidence the automaker had done anything illegal.

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