The automaker has been under fire, with U.S. and California regulators alleging FCA’s older vehicles had undisclosed emissions controls, allowing the vehicles to emit excess pollution in normal driving. FCA has refuted the idea and now hopes the software fix it is using on 2017 model year vehicles can be the foundation for a fix on older 2014-2016 diesel vehicles. The company restarted production earlier this month in anticipation of approval and promises the software update will have no effect on the fuel economy ratings or vehicle performance.
FCA has been adamant that it does not fall in the same category as Volkswagen, and never created software to cheat emissions rules. Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has accused FCA of using undisclosed software in 104,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500 trucks in the U.S. from model years 2014 to 2016.
[Source: Automotive News]
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