Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will compensate American owners of Jeep and Ram cars fitted with emissions-cheating EcoDiesel engines.
Owners of 2014-16 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel models will have updated emissions control software fitted, be given an extended warranty for their cars, and offered US$3075 ($4400) in compensation.
Second-hand owners will be eligible for a US$2460 ($3500) payment, while lessees, former lessees and former owners will get US$990 ($1410).
To get the money, ex-owners will need to submit a claim by August 1, 2019. Current owners have a bit more time – until February 3rd, 2021 – to file their claims, but their vehicle software has to be updated May 3, 2021 to be eligible.
Fiat Chrysler says the fix takes less than three hours, but will offer a loan car if the repair is likely to take longer.
The payout is part of US$800 million ($1.1 billion) in fines, fixes and compensation the company has devoted to settling claims its EcoDiesel engines cheated emissions regulations.
It's been accused of using a defeat device, the likes of which were behind the Volkswagen Dieselgate saga, to alter its operation when undergoing bench testing.
At the time of the settlement, FCA maintained it "did not engage in any deliberate scheme to install defeat devices to cheat emissions tests", and said its settlements "contain no finding or admission with regard to any alleged violations of vehicle emissions rules".
The software being installed to bring cars back into line with emissions regulations will not affect "average fuel economy, drivability, durability or refinement", according to the company.
The automaker will also help California pay for pollution mitigation programs, and finance the "upgrade of 200,000 high-efficiency catalytic converters through the aftermarket".
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