According to multiple media outlets, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a notice of violation to Fiat Chrysler accusing them of implementing emissions-cheating software on some vehicles.
The U.S. government stated that Fiat Chrysler failed to disclose the use of software on board Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram pickup trucks that allow the vehicles to emit more harmful pollution than allowed. Approximately 104,000 vehicles, all with 3-liter diesel engines, are affected by the alleged violation.
The EPA says the failure to disclose such emissions-cheating software could be a serious breach of the law. According to media sources, the EPA claims Fiat Chrysler may be held liable for civil penalties if it is found to have broken provisions in the Clean Air Act. They are also investigating whether the company used “defeat devices,” which turn off pollution controls.
Fiat Chrysler has already felt the effects of the EPA announcement, as the company’s shares fell more than 16 percent. Media outlets report that the allegations come on the heels of the Volkswagen emissions-cheating scandal, which has resulted in a record-setting $4.3 billion penalty for the German automaker. In addition, six Volkswagen executives have been charged in the emissions scandal.
Further information pertaining to the EPA allegations against Fiat Chrysler will be made available as the story develops. The EPA is scheduled to speak on the matter on Thursday.