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Second Automaker Accused for Cheating Emissions

1/17/17 8:37 AM

Fiat Chrysler is now under the microscope after claims by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it too has installed deceptive software in some 104,000 vehicles. The accusations come following the news that six Volkswagen executives were charged for their roles in the sale of 11 million diesel cars equipped with similar software. Not only do they face decades in jail, if found guilty, but the German automaker now has to cough up more than $21 billion in fines and cleanup costs.

Last week, the EPA and California Air Resources Board alleged Fiat Chrysler of installing at least eight emission control devices, capable of emitting illegal levels of nitrogen oxides into the air. According to the EPA, nitrogen oxides are a direct effect of burning fuel, which in turn, forms air polluting smog and causes respiratory problems.

The software affects 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0 liter diesel engines sold in the United States.

Under the Clean Air Act, automakers must demonstrate their vehicles meet federal emissions standards and disclose any software that can alter how a vehicle emits air pollution. The EPA claims Fiat Chrysler didn't disclose or operate the software during certification testing, however, Fiat Chrysler has denied those claims.

For those who own one of those diesel vehicles, there is not much that can be done to fix the problem right now. Like the Volkswagen scandal, if the accusations are proven true and legal actions are taken, customers will most likely be able to swap the software for a complaint version, although that will likely not occur until at least a year from now.

To prevent situations like this one, the automotive industry relies on data loggers to prove vehicles are in compliance with strict federal and state regulations. MadgeTech offers the ETR101A data logger to provide a complete profile of exhaust emissions for on-road and off-road vehicles. For the entire collection of data loggers for monitoring diesel emissions, click here.

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