Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay $ 800 million to settle a lawsuit filed by federal regulators and states that have accused the company of cheating in terms of emissions control.
Under the terms of the settlement, California will receive $ 78.4 million for violation of environmental and consumer protection laws, said Attorney General Xavier Becerra Thursday.
Fiat Chrysler has also agreed to launch a recall program that will update the software of its diesel vans to bring them in line with emission limits and offer an average compensation of $ 2,800 to homeowners. .
It is estimated that 100,000 diesel Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 diesel model years 2014-2016 had devices to bring back nitrogen oxide levels below the emission limits during the tests, but allowed them to exceed the limits in everyday driving, according to the pursuit. About 13,000 trucks were sold in California.
Regulators at the US Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board uncovered the devices after adopting stricter testing for diesel vehicles following the 2015 Volkswagen fraud scandal program.
The $ 800 million spent by Fiat Chrysler to settle the case include $ 500 million in fines that the company must pay to the federal and 50 states, as well as the cost of the recall and the the compensation of the owners.
"California emission standards exist to protect our residents and the environment from harmful pollution. Fiat Chrysler has attempted to circumvent these standards by installing software to deceive the testing of emissions, "said Becerra in a statement released Thursday. "Thanks to this regulation, we hold Fiat Chrysler accountable and we secure significant funds for environmental protection efforts."
The company did not admit that wrongdoing had been committed as part of the settlement, and asserted in a statement that it "did not engage in a deliberate manner to install checking to deceive the tests of emissions ".
The money received by California will go to the state's Air Pollution Control Fund, which is managed by the Air Resources Council. It will be used to "completely mitigate the excessive emissions of nitrogen oxides from the affected vehicles," according to the Becerra office.