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Fiat Chrysler Hidden Software Allegedly Violated Emission Laws

© REUTERS / Mal LangsdonThe exhaust system of a Volkswagen Passat TDI diesel car is seen in Esquibien, France, September 23, 2015
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EPA reported that Fiat Chrysler allegedly violated US federal regulations for installing hidden software in vehicles that increased emissions of nitrogen oxides.

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PORTLAND (Sputnik) — Fiat Chrysler allegedly violated US federal regulations for installing hidden software in vehicles that increased emissions of nitrogen oxides, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said in a press release on Thursday.

"The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a notice of violation to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA US LLC (collectively FCA) for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act for installing and failing to disclose engine management software in light-duty model year 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0 liter diesel engines sold in the United States," the release stated.

The undisclosed software results in increased emissions of nitrogen oxides, the release added. The EPA said the allegations cover approximately 104,000 vehicles.

"Failing to disclose software that affects emissions in a vehicle’s engine is a serious violation of the law, which can result in harmful pollution in the air we breathe," EPA Assistant Administrator of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Cynthia Giles, noted in the release.

The EPA found at least eight undisclosed pieces of software that can alter how a vehicle can emit pollution, according to the release. Investigations into Fiat Chrysler’s violations are continuing, the release said.

On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said German automaker Volkswagen agreed to pay $4.3 billion in penalties for environmental, customs and financial violations and $1.5 billion for separate civil resolutions. Volkswagen pled guilty to selling approximately 590,000 diesel vehicles in the United States equipped with a device to cheat on emissions tests.

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