Chrysler was fined 300 million for mini diesel port

A fine of 300 million euros will not even put Chrysler in the cold. Three employees of the subsidiary of the mega-conglomerate Stellantis have been charged with conspiring against the Clean Air Act, the federal air quality law in the United States. Chrysler cheated its cars for diesel to make them look cleaner.

This comes five years after Volkswagen pleaded guilty to its own emissions scandal that went down like dieselgate. Volkswagen has since paid 30 billion euros as a result of the scandal.

Chrysler pleads guilty to tampering with diesel cars

Chrysler pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy last June. After several years of legal investigation into diesel emissions fraud, the Stellantis subsidiary must now pay 300 million euros. Previously, the company entered into a plea agreement with the judiciary, accepting a fine of more than 96 million euros and forfeiting more than 200 million euros. In addition, an ‘organisational trial period’ applies for three years. A suspended sentence.

The company has been sanctioned for fraud involving diesel emissions in more than 100,000 vehicles. Mainly Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 models. Two brands that now also fall under Stellantis. According to the judiciary, Chrysler tried to cheat with the results of emissions tests.

Three-year investigation into diesel fraud

“The $300 million fine is the result of an exhaustive three-year investigation. This resolution demonstrates the justice system’s commitment to holding corporate violators accountable for misleading regulators,” Assistant Federal Attorney Todd Kim said at the mini diesel port.

Chrysler has previously paid a civil fine of 311 million euros. In addition, the company had to pay more than 180 million euros in damages to 63,000 people who filed a class action against the company for the manipulation of the diesel engines. The automaker must conduct an internal audit of Clean Air Act compliance as well as inspection and testing procedures within the company.

According to Justice, Stellantis’ subsidiary installed “rogue” software features in the cars to cheat the rules and fraudulently make the diesel cars meet the mandatory requirements.

Similar to Volkswagen’s diesel scandal

So Chrysler, like Volkswagen, used fraudulent software to make its diesel cars look cleaner. Between 2008 and 2015, Volkswagen used software that could recognize that an emissions test was being performed. When such a test took place, the on-board computer increased the injection of urea into the exhaust gases. As a result, the amount of nitrogen oxide that the car actually complied with decreased.

New details dieselgate: ‘Volkswagen top knew about cheating’

Volkswagen put this software in more than 11 million(!) cars worldwide. No wonder the difference in fines between Chrysler and Volkswagen is so big these days.

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