The New York Attorney General’s Office yesterday announced a landmark settlement with auto industry giants Fiat Chrysler and Bosch.
The lawsuit includes $171 million in nationwide payments for violations to environmental and consumer protection standards across the U.S.
New York led a coalition of nine states, including Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas and Washington,
The Attorney General’s investigation found that Fiat Chrysler installed unlawful software in more than 97,000 vehicles sold nationwide, including more than 3,000 in New York.
They also cheated on federal and state emissions tests to conceal true emissions levels and misled consumers about vehicles being environmentally friendly.
New York led a coalition of nine states in this case, including Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
The Attorney General, in a related case found that major auto supplier Bosch, supplied the illegal so-called “defeat device” software used in more than 600,000 Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler vehicles over the span of a decade.
As a result of the settlement, Bosch is required to pay $98.7 million to states across the country.
The settlements also provide millions of dollars in compensation for New York consumers who purchased or leased Fiat Chrysler vehicles containing the illegal defeat devices, and combined civil penalties of approximately $10.7 million to the State of New York from Fiat Chrysler and Bosch.