Fiat Chrysler has issued a statement in response to the Department of Justice’s intention to file a lawsuit against the automaker for diesel emissions violations.
In the statement, FCA said it is “currently reviewing the complaint, but is disappointed that the DOJ-ENRD has chosen to file this lawsuit.”
“(FCA) intends to defend itself vigorously, particularly against any claims that the Company engaged in any deliberate scheme to install defeat devices to cheat U.S. emissions tests,” the automaker added.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleges that FCA failed to disclose the use of a cheat device in 104,000 vehicles with its 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine. The cheat device enables the engine to go into a less emissions-friendly mode under certain driving scenarios, however FCA argues the device’s purpose is not to skirt emissions laws.
“FCA US has been working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for many months, including extensive testing of the vehicles, to clarify issues related to the Company’s emissions control technology in model-year (MY) 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles,” FCA said.
FCA remains focused on getting the EcoDiesel V6 engine certified for the 2017 model year and has also developed a software fix for affected vehicles that are already on the road. FCA intends to install the software on all affected vehicles pending the permission of the EPA and California Air Resources Board.