On Monday, Fiat Chrysler and Cummins Inc. were hit with an amended class-action lawsuit stating the companies colluded to develop and conceal no less than two emissions-cheating defeat devices used in pickups.
This is notable because Chrysler has, historically, been very hesitant in its EV/hybrid development. But by 2019, the FCA Group will launch its electrification plan, and by 2022 at least half of its range will be electrified.
Fiat Chrysler resumed making diesel Ram pickups that were ordered off the market by U.S. regulators, preparing for a verdict from the Environmental Protection Agency in hopes of being able to sell them.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are currently more than one in four—or 53 million—vehicles with an open recall (including 65 percent of Takata inflators that remained unfixed) posing a risk for drivers and others on the road.
The recall of 2011-2012 model year Dodge Grand Caravan minivans is linked to 13 minor injuries, the automaker said. Wiring may short circuit that can result in the driver side air bag deploying without warning.
The lawsuit filed by the Justice Department marks the second time the government has gone after an automaker alleging use of software on diesel engines that allows them to emit more pollution on the road than during EPA lab testing.