Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) troubles in the US worsened on Tuesday when it revealed it had received subpoenas from both federal and state authorities over the alleged excess emissions from its vehicles.
The Justice Department has been involved for more than six months, a source told Reuters. In January, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board issued notices of violation to FCA over alleged emissions-increasing software on certain Jeep and Ram diesel models, with 104,000 estimated vehicles affected. They accuse FCA of illegally not disclosing emissions control software. The EPA said the maximum fine against FCA could be $4.6 billion (€4.4 billion). FCA Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne fiercely rejected the allegations.
In Europe, FCA has been referred to French prosecutors over its emissions, and the European Commission is moderating a confrontation between Germany and Italy over the issue.
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