JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Fiat Chrysler and Bosch will pay the state of Arkansas more than $1.5 million for illegal diesel emissions.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the two companies will pay a total of $171.2 million nationwide for their roles in “selling and leasing diesel vehicles equipped with illegal and undisclosed defeat device software.”
“Fiat Chrysler is being held accountable for cheating on emissions testing,” Rutledge said. “Bosch is answering for its role in providing the software.”
A two-year investigation revealed Fiat Chrysler “cheated on federal and state emissions tests by calibrating the software to conceal that vehicles emitted higher than permitted levels of harmful nitrogen oxides.”
Rutledge, along with other state attorneys general filed suit against Fiat Chrysler and its subsidiaries for installing what they said were “unlawful defeat device software and undisclosed auxiliary emissions control devices in several models of its diesel vehicles.”
In a separate but related investigation, Rutledge and other attorneys general filed suit against Bosch claiming it supplied Fiat Chrysler and other automobile manufacturers with electronic control units housing the software that controlled nearly all of an engine’s performance, including emissions systems.
“The investigation concluded that Bosch facilitated the implementation of the defeat device software in more than 600,000 Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler vehicles over a period of more than 10 years,” Rutledge said.
Under the terms of the two consent judgments, Fiat Chrysler will pay $72.5 million for the violations. Arkansas will receive $763, 750. Bosch will pay $98.7 million, with $737,100 coming to the state.
The state of Arkansas will receive a total of $1,500,850.
In addition to the monetary settlements, Fiat Chrysler will be required to eliminate the defeat device features, and provide eligible owners and lessors extended warranties. Together with Bosch, they must pay eligible owners who take their vehicle to an authorized dealer for the software repair an average restitution payment of approximately $2,908. Lessees and former owners will receive a restitution of $990.
Fiat Chrysler is also prohibited from engaging in future “unfair or deceptive ads and practices in connection to its dealings with consumers.”
Rutledge reached a settlement with Volkswagen in 2016 on similar allegations.