Stellantis has pleaded guilty to fraud involving diesel engine emissions. To complete a long-running US Department of Justice investigation, the company agreed to pay a $300 million fine.
The multinational corporation, which owns 18 car brands, has been accused of violating the Clean Air Act. It was claimed that the manufactured cars did not meet the emission requirements and the company is aware of this. According to the US Department of Justice, the manufacturer installed illegal software that cheated government tests.
The company has programmed its cars to produce fewer emissions than normal during testing. This applies to about 100,000 cars sold in the United States from 2014 to 2016. Including SUVs and pickups Jeep and Ram.
As a result, Stellantis not only pays the fine, but also undertakes to report on compliance with the law within three-year probationary period. Also, three employees of the company will be sued as a result of the charges.
We remind that Stellantis Corporation was formed in 2021 from the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the parent company Peugeot – PSA Group. It includes brands such as Chrysler, Citroën, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, Ram, and others.