Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s US business has been sentenced after pleading guilty as part of a US Department of Justice diesel emissions fraud investigation.
The sentencing comes shortly after FCA US LLC reached a plea agreement with the Department of Justice to pay a $96.1 million fine and forfeit $203.6 million. The company was also sentenced to three years of probation after being accused of falsely reporting diesel emissions in more than 100,000 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 vehicles.
“This resolution shows that the Department of Justice is committed to holding corporate wrongdoers accountable for misleading regulators,” Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim said in a statement, adding that the $300 million fine “is the result of an exhaustive three-year investigation.”
As part of the agreement, FCA US is required to conduct an initial review of its compliance with the Clean Air Act, as well as inspection and testing procedures, Reuters reports. He must also submit a report and prepare at least two follow-up reports. It comes after the Justice Department said the automaker used deceptive software features to help some diesel vehicles fraudulently meet emissions standards rules.
FCA USA previously paid a $311 million civil penalty and $183 million in restitution to more than 63,000 people in a diesel fuel class action.
This news came about three years later Stellantis agreed to pay $800 million after reaching a settlement with the Department of Justice, the California Environmental Protection Agency and other civil plaintiffs.