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US preparing to sue Fiat Chrysler over excess diesel emissions

The U.S. Justice Division plans to file a civil lawsuit in opposition to Fiat Chrysler Vehicles NV over extra diesel emissions as early as this week if no settlement is reached with the Italian-American automaker, two sources briefed on the matter stated on Wednesday. The U.S. Environmental Safety Company in January accused FCA of illegally utilizing undisclosed software program to permit extra diesel emissions in about 104,000 vehicles and SUVs, the results of a probe that stemmed from regulators' investigation of rival Volkswagen AG. The EPA and California Air Sources Board have been in talks with FCA in regards to the extra emissions and whether or not the businesses would approve the sale of 2017 FCA diesel fashions. A federal choose in California has set a Might 24 listening to on a sequence of lawsuits filed by house owners of automobiles in opposition to Fiat Chrysler and the Justice Division is anticipated to file its motion by then if no settlement is reached. FCA stated on Wednesday it believed that any litigation can be "counterproductive" to ongoing discussions with the EPA and California Air Sources Board. The corporate added that "within the case of any litigation, FCA US will defend itself vigorously, significantly in opposition to any claims that the corporate intentionally put in defeat units to cheat U.S. emissions assessments." The Justice Division took the identical procedural step in early 2016 in opposition to Volkswagen, practically 4 months after the German firm admitted utilizing software program to emit extra diesel emissions in practically 500,000 automobiles.

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