The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been found guilty as charged as 104,000 units of the 2014 vehicle and Ram 1500 with the V6 3 litre diesel engines have violations in their engine management software and it means they are violating the US Environmental Protection Agency Clear Air Act.
In the notice of violation from the EPA it was said that “The undisclosed software results in increased emissions of nitrogen oxides from the vehicles,” it went on to say that the EPA is now working alongside the California Air Resources board and they too have sent out a notice of violation to the FCA. CARB and EPA have begun investigations that are based on the alleged actions of the FCA.
The EPA started enhanced testing of diesel vehicles back in September 2015 after the announcement from EPA and CARB that they had found emissions test defeat software in 480,000 Volkswagen and Audi A3 vehicles running on the 2 litre diesel engine.
Over 100,000 vehicles belonging to the Volkswagen Group that came with the V6 engine were also found to be in violation and it is thought that it cost Volkswagen around $20 billion in fines in the US.
Fiat Chrysler may be looking at penalties in the region of $44, 539 per vehicle, as the EPA have alleged that the car maker has used the software to change the e, mission controls. The carmaker has yet to explain use of the emission control devices and the investigation is ongoing.