Fiat Chrysler is being accused by the Environmental Protection Agency of having more than 104,000 of their diesel vehicles emit pollutants about the legal level.
The E.P.A. believes there was a software device installed in these cars to cheat diesel emission tests. This is comparable to Volkswagen, who is guilty of a widespread emission cheating scheme, earlier this year. The problem is the software calibrates an engines performance to control emission levels. The EPA believes that it is shutting down in too many situations which essentially causes it to release pollutants more than legally allowed.
Chief executive of Fiat Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne, believes that everything Chrysler is doing is completely legal and did not intentionally hide software to regulate emission levels. According to the E.P.A., if Chrysler is found guilty they could pay roughly $4.5 million in penalties from the 104,000 diesel cars.
The amount of publicity Fiat Chrysler has received from this lawsuit caused negative impacts for the company. The stock market has gone down significantly and net sales have decreased for the company as well.
The problems with these softwares causes some auto-makers, like Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen, to cut corners so they are able to cheat the system and save them money in the long run. Although cheating is enticing, it raises ethical questions about the company as a whole as well. If they are trying to cut corners on emission levels, what else are they trying to get away with?
Not only does this raise some ethical questions, but it also has a huge environmental and health impact. Emissions levels are put in to place for a reason and cause serious health issues if they are not respected. There are ways to produce diesel vehicles without cutting corners; it just costs money.