Regulators found that the company had used “defeat” devices to cover up its true emissions figures, even though FCA insisted it had done nothing illegal.
“Fiat Chrysler tried to evade these standards by installing software to cheat emissions testing,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.
“The company not only violated the law and our trust but did so at the expense of our environment.”
The settlement does not end its criminal investigations into the emissions cheat, while the US stock market watchdog, the Securities and Exchange Commission, was also investigating FCA.
And FCA wasn’t the only company in trouble over its defeat device, with the ubiquitous German supplier Robert Bosch GmbH – the same company that supplied the illegal software for Volkswagen’s 11 million emissions-cheater cars – also settling with diesel owners for US$27.5 million.
Bosch also agreed to a US$103.5 million settlement with 47 US states, which accused it of “enabling” the cheat and the New York Attorney General’s office argued it had a duty of care to know its customers could have used the built-in shortcut.
Unlike Volkswagen, which pleaded guilty to three counts of felony, Bosch or Fiat Chrysler have not admitted any guilt. The supplier instead argued it settled because of: “Bosch’s desire to move forward and to spare the company the very substantial costs and the burden on the company’s resources that would be required to litigate these issues.”