Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles may not have gone as far as Volkswagen with its alleged diesel-emission cheating software, but government officials and regulators will determine the final extent—even if FCA believes its software wasn’t designed to intentionally cheat anything.
The latest report from Reuters says FCA is prepared to engage in settlement talks surrounding its over-polluting vehicles with lawyers representing vehicle owners of the affected Ram and Jeep models. According to the report, discussions between both parties will start on October 12, 2017.
The U.S. Department of Justice accused FCA of equipping Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500 Eco Diesel models with auxiliary emission control devices. It should be noted, these devices are legal, but FCA failed to disclose the full amount of them onboard the 104,000 Jeeps and Rams built between 2014 and 2017. Researchers claimed the diesel engines spewed 20 times more than the approved levels of NOx.
FCA received approval to begin selling the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee equipped with the 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine again, and the report states California and the federal government are close to reaching an agreement on how to test the updated vehicles. FCA plans to update the affected vehicles with a software update since the emission controls are no different than the current vehicles.