The Justice Department filed a civil complaint alleging that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles installed software designed to cheat emission controls in more than 100,000 diesel vehicles, including its popular Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-utility vehicle. The lawsuit states nearly 104,000 vehicles are “equipped with software functions that were not disclosed to regulators during the certification application process, and that the vehicles contain defeat devices,” the Justice Department said in the complaint, which was filed on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency. The complaint exposes Fiat to up to $4.6 billion in fines and covers 2014-16 model years of Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickups.
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