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Another air pollution scandal: Fiat Chrysler settles with California for $500 million

Ram trucks are seen on a sales lot Ram trucks are seen on a sales lot
Orlando Vargas | 11 January, 2019, 15:41

Fiat Chrysler agreed on Thursday to pay hundreds of millions of dollars, including a $300 million fine to the US government, to settle allegations that the Italian-American automaker cheated on emissions tests.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that a multi-part agreement would include civil penalties of roughly $311 million paid to federal and California regulators, in addition to $280 million to compensate drivers and $72 million to settle claims brought by other US states.

The Environmental Protection Agency in 2017 accused the automaker of improperly employing software controls to circumvent emissions regulations in the EcoDiesel-powered Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The settlement resolves allegations that FCA used illegal software to get about 100,000 diesel trucks past laboratory emissions inspections and onto US roads.

The settlement includes $311 million in total civil penalties, up to $280 million to resolve claims from diesel owners, and extended warranties worth $100 million.

The auto giant will recall and fix more than 100,000 diesel vehicles sold in the United States at a cost of about $185 million.

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Patrick McCaw plans sign Toronto Raptors after Cleveland Cavaliers release
McCaw averaged 4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 57 games last season, his second in the National Basketball Association . Now, according to Yahoo's Shams Charania, McCaw will sign a one-year contract with Toronto for the veteran's minimum of $786,000.


Jose Mourinho rules himself out of Benfica job
He said: "I have never been into the game of feeding news stories, but I have no intention of working in Portugal". He has, reportedly, already rejected the opportunity to return to Benfica , the first club he managed.


The settlement, which is expected to be formally announced Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, is the second between the U.S. government and an automaker over diesel emissions-cheating allegations.

Under the deal, the company may be subject to additional penalties if at least 85 per cent of the vehicles aren't repaired within two years.

Volkswagen AG in January 2017 pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to pay some $4.3 billion in US penalties for its scheme to deliberately rig hundreds of thousands of USA diesel vehicles to cheat on emissions tests. "Fiat Chrysler's conduct was serious and egregious".

"The settlements do not change the company's position that it did not engage in any deliberate scheme to install defeat devices to cheat emissions tests", FCA said in a statement.

"Today's settlement sends a clear and strong signal to manufacturers and consumers that the Trump administration will vigorously enforce the nation's laws created to protect the environment and public health", said Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

Fiat Chrysler will not admit wrongdoing as part of the civil settlement. Asked about the criminal case on Tuesday, Fiat Chrysler said it wouldn't comment on speculation.

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