US says Fiat Chrysler used software to beat emissions tests

FILE - In this July 22, 2011 file photo, the Chrysler logo is displayed at a car dealership in Omaha, Neb. A government investigation into confusing gear shifters like the one in the SUV that crushed and killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin on June 19, found 266 crashes that injured 68 people. The numbers are in documents posted Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The investigation was closed after Fiat Chrysler agreed to recall 1.1 million vehicles.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. government is suing Fiat Chrysler, alleging that some diesel pickup trucks and Jeeps cheat on emissions tests.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that nearly 104,000 Ram pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokees have software that makes them perform differently during normal driving than during lab tests by Environmental Protection Agency.

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