The Fiat-Chrysler emissions probe now focuses on several models in Europe as French investigators probe Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep and Lancia cars for potential emission cheating, reports Reuters.
In a letter penned to investigators by the French magistrate leading the investigation, the probe alleges potential emission cheating dates back to 2009, though it did not specify the period of time in which FCA potentially cheated regulations. Furthermore, the letter details investigators’ suspicions that attempts were made to delay the work of an investigator involved in the probe. He or she was not named, but the report states their job is to “note breaches of France’s consumer laws.”
This past May, the United States Department of Justice sued FCA after accusing the automaker of utilizing illegal software to produce excess emissions. Approximately 104,000 Jeep and Ram vehicles equipped with the Eco Diesel engine were affected.
Last month, FCA said it’s prepared to engage in settlement discussions with lawyers representing vehicle owners of the affected Ram and Jeep models. The talks were reported to start on October 12. In the meantime, FCA plans to update the affected vehicles with a software update since the emission controls found in the affected Jeep and Ram models are no different than the current vehicles.