Maryland To Receive $6 Million In Diesel Emissions Test Cheating Settlements With Fiat Chrysler, Bosch

Fiat Chrysler and automotive software supplier Bosch will pay Maryland more than $6 million as part of a national settlement over allegations they were involved in use of illegal devices to make diesel-powered vehicles appear to meet emissions requirements when they did not.

The Italian-American automaker has agreed to pay more than $650 million in fines to states and the federal government and in compensation for owners. The scandal involves 100,000 diesel-powered Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500 pickup trucks in model years 2014 through 2016, about 1,200 of which were sold in Maryland, authorities said.

Those vehicles were marketed as “clean” and “green,” but multistate investigations found they had been installed with “defeat devices” that allowed them to pass emissions tests. In regular driving, they exceeded emissions limits to achieve better fuel economy, investigators found.

German company Bosch is being held responsible for its roles in scandals involving both Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen, which reached settlements over emissions test defeat devices last year. Bosch provided the software that controlled emissions systems in the Fiat Chrysler vehicles and over half a million diesel Volkswagens, authorities said.

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