January 11, 2019

Fiat Chrysler, Bosch to pay CT $4.4M for cheating emissions

Photo | Flickr via RL GNZLZ
Photo | Flickr via RL GNZLZ
Jeep Grand Cherokee

Automaker Fiat Chrysler and German autoparts giant Robert Bosch GmbH will pay multiple states $171.2 million, including $4.4 million to Connecticut, to settle claims they misled car buyers and environmental regulators about the emissions compliance of certain American and imported marques, authorities say.

State Attorney General William Tong, whose office co-led the investigation under his predecessor, announced Thursday that Fiat Chrysler will pay $72.5 million to resolve states' allegations that it built and sold more than 100,000 2014 to 2016 Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicles with V-6 diesel engines equipped with so-called "emissions cheat'' software intended to circumvent state and federal emissions standards.

In Connecticut, Fiat Chrysler sold 598 vehicles that failed to meet federal emissions standards, authorities said. The automaker has agreed to fix the affected vehicles' emissions-related software and pay restitution to their owners and lessors.

Robert Bosch, which counts lighting, fuel-injection and other engineered systems among its vast automotive product line, and its U.S. unit, Robert Bosch LLC, agreed to pay $98.7 million over claims it developed and programmed emissions control software for its clients – Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche – knowing that the software would be used in unlawful "defeat devices" designed to conceal vehicles emissions that far exceeded state and federal standards.

Connecticut's settlement proceeds will go into the state's General Fund.

"Vehicle emission standards exist as a way to protect the air we all breathe, and companies that knowingly seek to circumvent those standards will be held accountable," Tong said in a statement. "These settlements are critically important in righting the wrongs of the emissions cheating scandal."

As previously reported, Connecticut won $55.7 million from German automaker Volkswagen for installing emissions-cheating software on thousands of vehicles sold in the U.S., some of which were marketed in the state.

In November, former Gov. Dannel P. Malloy authorized $12.2 million from its Volkswagen settlement to fund 10 clean air projects aimed at reducing diesel emissions, including three in Greater Hartford.

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