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Fiat Chrysler to pay USD 650 mn over software misuse: report

AFP  |  New York 

has agreed to pay nearly USD 650 million to resolve litigation over its use of on diesel vehicles that produced false results in emissions tests, reported Wednesday.

The automaker will pay USD 305 million in penalties to the and California, which also brought suit, the NYT said, citing two unidentified sources who were briefed on the issue.

It said the agreement is expected to be announced on Thursday.

will also pay an average of USD 2,500 to owners of 104,000 diesel-powered 1500 trucks and sport utility vehicles from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 model years. The NYT said these payments could total more than USD 260 million.

will also pay about USD 72 million in civil penalties to settle litigation brought by various states, and USD 6 million to settle other claims, the newspaper said.

US authorities including the sued the Italian-US automaker in 2017 alleging it had used that turned off pollution controls under certain driving conditions.

The EPA said the software enabled the vehicles to pass emissions tests while allowing them to release higher levels of pollutants in normal driving.

The accord does not call for to admit any wrongdoing, the newspaper said.

The probe comes in the wake of the diesel emissions-cheating scandal that rocked and then spread to nearly all the major auto companies.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 16:10 IST