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Fiat Chrysler agrees to $800 million U.S. diesel-emissions settlement

Fiat Chrysler agrees to $  800 million U.S. diesel-emissions settlementFiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has agreed to a settlement worth about $ 800 million to resolve claims from the U.S. Justice Department and state of California that it used illegal software that produced false results on diesel-emissions tests, but still faces an ongoing criminal probe. The hefty penalty is the latest fallout from the U.S. government’s stepped-up enforcement of vehicle emissions rules after Volkswagen AG admitted in September 2015 to intentionally evading emissions rules. The Fiat Chrysler settlement includes $ 311 million in total civil penalties to U.S. and California regulators, up to $ 280 million to resolve claims from diesel owners, and extended warranties worth $ 105 million.



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Fiat Chrysler to pay $515 mn in US 'dieselgate' settlements

Fiat Chrysler to pay $  515 mn in US 'dieselgate' settlementsFiat Chrysler has agreed to a $ 515 million US settlement on charges it installed “defeat devices” on cars to evade emissions tests, the US Justice Department announced Thursday. The auto giant will recall and repair more than 100,000 diesel vehicles sold in the United States at a cost of about $ 185 million. The remaining funds will go to civil fines and mitigation payments to the United States and the state of California.



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Could Chrysler Be Killed This Friday?

Could Chrysler Be Killed This Friday?Swirling rumors suggest that one of America's oldest remaining automakers could be on the chopping block.



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Fiat Chrysler CEO says in talks with Hyundai on tech partnership

Fiat Chrysler CEO says in talks with Hyundai on tech partnershipFiat Chrysler Automobiles is in talks with South Korea’s Hyundai about a technical partnership, but there are no merger talks between the two, FCA Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said on Saturday. FCA is often the subject of merger speculation, especially after its unsuccessful 2015 attempt to tie up with larger U.S. rival GM.



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1.3 million Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep vehicles recalled for alternator failure, sudden airbag deployment

1.3 million Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep vehicles recalled for alternator failure, sudden airbag deploymentThis morning, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published two recalls from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Together, the recalls affect more than 1.3 million Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles worldwide, including over 805,000 vehicles registered in the U.S.
RECALL #1: 2011-2014 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango; 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
UNITS AFFECTED: 442,214 in the U.S. and approximately 123,000 registered elsewhere This recall affects vehicles equipped with electro-hydraulic power steering systems, 5.7L or 3.6L engines, and 160, 180, or 220 amp alternators. In those vehicles, NHTSA says that the alternator may fail without warning. Should the alternator fail, the vehicle can stall. Depending on where and when the stall occurs, it could dramatically increase the risk of a crash. In a worst-case scenario, NHTSA notes that it's also possible for the alternator to short-circuit and catch fire.   FCA has received two reports of collisions that may be linked to the issue, but there have been no reports of injuries so far. Owners of these vehicles will receive recall notices from FCA by mail, instructing them to schedule service appointments with their local dealerships. Notices are expected to be sent around August 24, 2017. Dealers will inspect each vehicles' alternator and replace it, depending on its part number. The fix will be carried out at no charge.  If you own one of these vehicles and have further questions, contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403 and ask about recall T36. Alternately, you can call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at  1-888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #17V-435.
RECALL #2: 2011-2015 Dodge Journey
UNITS AFFECTED: 363,480 in the U.S. and approximately 407,520 registered elsewhere (including the Fiat Fremont) In these vehicles, NHTSA reports that the driver's frontal airbag may deploy without warning. Should that happen, it could result in an crash, injure the driver, or both. FCA says it has received reports of six injuries potentially related to the issue, but no reports of collisions.  The problem stems from a wiring harness that's associated with the driver's frontal airbag and is located within the steering wheel. Over time, the wiring harness may get chafed, resulting in a short circuit, and that, in turn, can cause the airbag to deploy suddenly. FCA plans to mail recall notices to owners by August 21, 2017. After receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their vehicles to dealerships for service. The fix involves an inspection of the airbag wiring within the steering wheel and replacement of that wiring, if necessary. NHTSA says that FCA dealers will also install a protective cover to prevent chafing in the future. All repairs will be made at no charge to owners.   For additional information, you're asked to contact FCA customer service at 1-800-853-1403 and ask about recall T47. Or, if you prefer, you can call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and inquire about safety campaign #17V-432.



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U.S. government sues Fiat Chrysler over excess emissions

U.S. government sues Fiat Chrysler over excess emissionsBy David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government filed a civil lawsuit on Tuesday accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of illegally using software to bypass emission controls in 104,000 diesel vehicles sold since 2014. The U.S. Justice Department lawsuit, filed in U.S. District court in Detroit, is a procedural step that may ramp up pressure on Fiat Chrysler and comes amid growing scrutiny of diesels by regulators around the world. VW admitted to intentionally cheating while Fiat Chrysler denies wrongdoing.



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Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: full production to start today for plug-in minivan

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: full production to start today for plug-in minivanUnlike any other minivan, however, its large battery pack gives it 33 miles of EPA-rated electric range, and it can drive largely on battery alone despite its size, its seven seats, and its gaping cargo capacity. For several weeks, eager shoppers have asked this site and others whether the Pacifica Hybrid was a “real vehicle” or just a promotional exercise. According to the Detroit Free Press in an article published yesterday, it’s real, it’s going into “full retail” production today, though Chrysler has been building small numbers since December 1.



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