Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s U.S. business has been sentenced after pleading guilty as part of a U.S. Justice Department diesel-emissions fraud probe.
The sentencing comes shortly after FCA US LLC reached a plea agreement with the Justice Department to pay a $96.1 million fine while also forfeiting $203.6 million. The company has also been sentenced to a three-year term of organization probation after it was charged with making false representations about diesel emissions in over 100,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 vehicles from the 2014-2016 model years.
“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 penalty “is the result of an exhaustive three-year investigation.”
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Through the settlement, FCA US is required to conduct an initial review of its compliance with the Clean Air Act, as well as its inspection and testing procedures, Reuters reports. It must also submit a report and prepare at least two follow-up reports. This comes after the Justice Department said the automaker used deceptive software features to help certain diesel vehicles fraudulently meet emissions standards regulations.
FCA US has previously paid a $311 million civil penalty and $183 million in compensation for over 63,000 people through a class-action diesel lawsuit.
This news comes approximately three years after Stellantis agreed to pay $800 million after reaching a settlement with the Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, the State of California, and other civil claimants.