U.S. regulators have served Fiat Chrysler with various subpoenas and requests for information as part of an investigation into the automaker’s use of an emissions cheat device on its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine.
According to Reuters, U.S. state and federal authorities, including the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, have approached FCA looking for information pertinent to the investigation into the automaker. In January the EPA said it had reason to believe that FCA had used emissions altering devices on its 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine that would keep emissions at a legal level under normal driving conditions but revert to a less efficient mode at high speeds or during long periods of operation.
“The software is designed such that during the emissions tests, Fiat Chrysler’s diesel cars meet the standards that protect clean air,” EPA Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles told NPR in January. “However, under some other kinds of operating conditions, including many that occur frequently during normal driving, the software directs the emissions control system to operate differently, resulting in emissions that can be much higher.”
FCA has denied the allegations against it and continue to work in cooperate with investigators during their probe into its practices.
FCA “has “received various inquiries, subpoenas and requests for information from a number of governmental authorities, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the SEC and several states’ attorneys general. We are investigating these matters and we intend to cooperate with all valid governmental requests,” a statement released by the automaker and filed with the SEC reads.