US government to sue Fiat Chrysler

The US government is set to sue Fiat Chrysler, alleging the firm sold vehicles with ‘defeat devices’ that helped them pass emissions tests.

The Department of Justice (DoJ) claims the vehicle manufacturer did not disclose the emissions control software to regulators which enabled the vehicles to produce lower emissions during roadworthiness tests than they did when used under normal driving conditions.

Fiat has vowed to ‘defend itself vigorously’ against the accusations.

The BBC reports that in a statement Fiat Chrysler spokesman, Eric Mayne, said the firm would defend itself ‘particularly against any claims that the company engaged in any deliberate scheme to install defeat devices to cheat US emissions tests’.

The DoJ filed the complaint on behalf of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which alleges the software features were installed in about 104,000 Dodge Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles, model years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and sold in the US.