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U.S. preparing legal action against Fiat Chrysler over diesel emissions

U.S. preparing legal action against Fiat Chrysler over diesel emissions

In a statement on Wednesday, FCA said, "In the case of any litigation, FCA US will defend itself vigorously, particularly against any claims that the company deliberately installed defeat devices to cheat USA emissions tests". The original complaint came from Germany which along with the Czech Republic, Greece, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Spain and Britain has been accused of failing to police the auto industry adequately after the VW "dieselgate" scandal.

Germany's Transport Ministry has asked the European Commission to investigate exhaust emissions of Fiat Chrysler vehicles for potential illegal manipulation devices, German government documents showed on Thursday (1 September). That mediation ended in March.

"In an official statement, the European Commission said "[We] are now formally asking Italy to respond to its concerns that the manufacturer has not sufficiently justified the technical necessity - and thus the legality - of the defeat device used".

Under EU law, member states are responsible for checking that a vehicle type meets all EU standards before individual cars can be sold on the Single Market.

Like France with the commission Royal, Italy launched following the affair Volkswagen an emission test campaign on various diesel vehicles.

Oil prices edge up in anticipation of extended crude output cut
Signs that oil-producing Iraq and Algeria were joining Saudi Arabia backing an extension to supply cuts also supported the price. The worldwide benchmark, Brent crude, fall to a five month low of $46.64 a barrel that put OPEC's effectiveness under doubt.


Italy denied the allegation that a Fiat 500X contained a defeat device, leading Germany to ask the European Union commission to mediate between the two sides last September.

Seven countries have broken European Union law for refusing to sanction Volkswagen after it used illegal software to manipulate its vehicles' emissions tests.

The bill, approved on 4 April, will give the European Commission new powers to police manufacturers and allow it to fine companies up to €30,000 per vehicle if they are caught breaking the law.

The company has installed what it refers to as a software patch in 2017 model year diesel vehicles, and has offered to install the patch in 2014 through 2016 year vehicles to mitigate any legal liability from an EPA emissions violation issued in January. Emissions tests are now done by national regulators.


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