Fiat Chrysler, Bosch to Pay $171 Million to Settle Alleged Violations of State Environmental and Consumer Protection Laws

Fiat Chrysler, Bosch

Auto industry giants Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Bosch agreed to pay $171 million to settle a nationwide investigation into its alleged violations of state environment and consumer protection laws.

Under the settlement agreement, FCA will pay $72.5 million while Bosh will pay $98.7 million to 52 jurisdictions across the United States.

FCA and Bosh were under investigation for nearly two years due to the illegal emissions “defeat devices” found diesel vehicles sold by Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen across the United States.

Allegations against Fiat Chrysler and Bosch

The New York Attorney General’s office led the coalition of 52 jurisdictions that investigated both companies. They found that FCA installed illegal emissions defeat devices to more than more than 97,000 diesel vehicles including Jeep Grand Cherokee (Model Year 2014-16) and Ram 1500.

FCA installed the defeat devices concealed the true emissions levels of the diesel vehicles. Therefore, the automaker cheated on federal and state emissions tests and misled consumers that the diesel vehicles are environmental friendly.