Fiat Chrysler thinks a software update can resolve U.S. regulators’ contention that its diesel automobiles are producing excess emissions, a legal representative for the company stated at a court hearing on Wednesday.
The legal representative confessed no wrongdoing by the Italian-American car manufacturer, nevertheless.
The Justice Department submitted a civil fit on Tuesday alleging Fiat Chrysler of illegally using software to bypass emission controls in 104,000 2014-2016 diesel and labeled the software application “defeat devices.”
Robert Giuffra, a legal representative representing Fiat Chrysler, stated at a hearing in San Francisco that regulators’ issues could be resolved with new software application without a requirement for any new hardware.
Giuffra stated the automaker does not yield that the 104,000 automobiles emitted excess emissions. He stated there were extremely complicated regulations governing whether auxillary emissions control devices should have been revealed to regulators.
Regulators could authorize the automaker’s proposed software upgrade quickly as part of licensing 2017 diesel designs to permit them to go on sale, potentially in a few weeks, Giuffra informed. He included that he anticipates the very same repair will address issues for the 104,000 2014-2016 cars.
A Justice Department attorney, Joseph Warren, stated a decision could take longer, but added that the government wants to move quickly.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board alleged Fiat Chrysler in January of illegally using concealed software to allow excess diesel emissions in 104,000 U.S. 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks in a notice of offense.
Fiat Chrysler stated it does not believe the software update would affect performance or fuel efficiency.