Jeep, Suzuki models found to have broken EU emissions regulations

2016 Jeep Cherokee overland two

Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep Grand Cherokee and Suzuki’s Vitara diesel models both breach emissions rules and must be fixed or be subjected to the ban on sales across Europe, the Dutch road authority ruled on Thursday.

The RDW authority, acting as the reference regulator throughout the European Union, stated Jeep had developed a software repair and that the authority had ordered the company to recall the model throughout Europe to roll it out.

It added Suzuki had yet to discover a reasonable solution for the Vitara.

“Suzuki must come with adequate improvement measures or the RDW will start the process of revoking its European type approval,” the RDW stated, adding it had also started to revoke approval for the Jeep Grand Cherokee as a “precautionary measure.”

Regulators throughout the world have been testing diesel models since admission from Volkswagen in 2015 that it used illegal software to cheat U.S. emissions tests.

The RDW stated it had found both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Vitara had made the use of “prohibited emissions strategies” that led them to emit higher levels of harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) on the road than under testing conditions.

Dutch State Secretary for Infrastructure, Stientje van Veldhoven, stated in a letter to parliament that she would inform prosecutors of the RDW’s findings.

Fiat Chrysler and Suzuki are yet to comment on the issue.

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