Stellantis unit sentenced in U.S. diesel emissions probe, must...

Stellantis unit sentenced in U.S. diesel emissions probe, must pay $300M

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WASHINGTON — Stellantis’ U.S. unit, the former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in June to criminal conspiracy and will pay nearly $300 million to resolve a multi-year U.S. Justice Department diesel-emissions fraud probe.

FCA US LLC, formerly Chrysler Group LLC, previously struck a plea agreement with the Justice Department and agreed to pay a $96.1 million fine and forfeit $203.6 million. FCA US was also sentenced to a three-year term of organizational probation.

The company had been charged with making false representations about diesel emissions in more than 100,000 U.S. 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles.

The Justice Department said FCA had conspired to cheat U.S. emissions tests.

The $300 million criminal penalty “is the result of an exhaustive three-year investigation,” said Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim. “This resolution shows that the Department of Justice is committed to holding corporate wrongdoers accountable for misleading regulators.”

The government noted FCA US had previously paid a $311 million civil penalty and more than $183 million in compensation to more than 63,000 people as part of a class-action diesel lawsuit.

The automaker must conduct an initial review of its compliance with the Clean Air Act and inspection and testing procedures, submit a report and prepare at least two follow-up reports. Reuters first reported the planned settlement in May.

The Justice Department said FCA US installed deceptive software features intended to avoid regulatory scrutiny and fraudulently help the diesel vehicles meet required emissions standards.

Stellantis said earlier it had accrued 266 million euros to account for the settlement. FCA merged with French Peugeot maker PSA in 2021 to form Stellantis.

Three FCA US employees have been indicted for conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and violate the Clean Air Act and are awaiting trial.

The plea deal comes five years after Volkswagen pleaded guilty to criminal charges to resolve its own emissions crisis affecting nearly U.S. 600,000 vehicles in a scandal that became known as “Dieselgate.” VW has paid more than $30 billion in connection with the scandal.

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