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Dieselgate 2.0 – Is Fiat Chrysler Cheating on Emissions Too?

Dieselgate has left a black mark on the reputation of Volkswagen. In the past few weeks, the company has admitted to criminal charges, settled those charges for $4.3 billion, and had six executives indicted for its emissions scandal. VW stock has been volatile ever since the discovery of its defeat device software, and VW consumers have flooded courts with their grievances. This has made life more difficult for all automakers as scrutiny on diesel emissions have increased, but one company in particular is feeling the heat more than most automakers. Was Fiat Chrysler Cheating on Emissions Too? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has dropped a bombshell on Fiat Chrysler (FCA). These environment regulators believe they have discovered emissions cheating software in some 104,000 model year 2014, 2015 and 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokees with diesel engines. This discovery…
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Why is Fiat Chrysler Recalling 1.9 Million Vehicles?

It’s been a rough year for auto recalls. A Jeep recall was linked to the death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin, and the Takata recall expanded to include over 70 million vehicles. The year is almost over, but the recalls are still coming. This time Fiat Chrysler has been called out by safety regulators. Do You Know Why Fiat Chrysler Is Recalling Your Car? If you drive a Fiat Chrysler vehicle built between 2010 and 2014, then you need to listen up. Seatbelts and airbags in some Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles may not deploy in the event of a crash. The affected models include the 200, Avenger, Caliber, Compass, Patriot and Sebring. The company also says that 1.9 million vehicles could be affected worldwide. What Went Wrong with These Cars? According to the automaker, safety control modules as well as wiring in front impact sensors are defective. These…
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Will Takata Avoiding Bankruptcy Help Recall Victims?

The Takata Recall is getting more and more troubling, and now the government is increasing its own involvement. U.S. Senators have sent letters to the embattled auto parts maker. They want guarantees that the company will be able to repair the defective safety devices it sold. But will the company’s response be what lawmakers had hoped for? Is Takata Avoiding Bankruptcy? Upon hearing that Takata Corp could declare bankruptcy, federal officials got concerned. They sent letters to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Takata to confirm that supplies of replacement airbags would not be affected by a Takata bankruptcy. Well, they’ve got an answer… sort of. On Friday November 4th, the CFO of Takata—Yoichiro Nomura—announced that the company would like to avoid bankruptcy. He continued to say that he believes court-led bankruptcy would disrupt the supply of replacement parts. He also believes the company’s business would be halted…
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