Fraud in diesel emissions or “dieselgate”, was a scandal linked to diesel emissions discovered in 2015, which used a system to lie about the amount of fuel generated by more than 11 million vehicles of the Volkswagen Group, the main company to be singled out before what happened.
Audi, SEAT, Škoda and Porsche were part of the problem, where it was determined that engines using diesel as fuel generated up to 40 times more than the legally accepted emissions.
In this way, they managed to place millions of cars on the streets in a “legitimate” way until an investigation process broke out against them that determined the illegal actions that the company carried out with several models of its brands.
The company worked through a program that was able to manipulate the results to reflect totally legitimate numbers when in fact it was not. While Volkswagen got virtually all the attention, blame and criticism for this phenomenon, other brands were involved, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
It is now owned by the Stellantis Group, and it has recently been fined $300 million in criminal penalties by the United States Department of Justice through federal court. Also, they must serve 3 years of organizational probation.
“Today’s sentence is a fitting punishment for a company that conspired to defraud regulators and consumers. All corporations must be transparent and honest when dealing with the federal government and the public, ”said Dawn N. Ison, federal prosecutor through a statement.
According to the Justice Department, the automaker made “false and misleading representations about the design, calibration, and function of the emission control system.”
Additionally, it was agreed that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will cooperate with the government entity in any investigation that is required in order to clarify discrepancies that could arise in the future.
In addition, the car company promised to develop a compliance and ethics program in order to avoid controversies of this type. Finally, you have an obligation to report to the Department of Justice through reports to be accountable for progress.
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