Jan 10, 2019

Fiat Chrysler to pay over $500 million in emissions settlement

A 2016 Dodge Ram 1500, one of the vehicles allegedly involved. Photo: Kris Connor/Getty Images

Fiat Chrysler will pay more than $500 million in a settlement announced Thursday with the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency over allegations that it installed software on some diesel vehicles that produced lower emissions results.

Why it matters, via Axios' Amy Harder: Following a much larger scandal at Volkswagen in 2015 that resulted in billions in fines for the German automaker, it's a reminder that vehicles' efficiency shouldn't be taken for granted. Politically, the settlement highlights a sense of continuity between the Obama and Trump administrations' enforcement actions in this area.

The big picture: The settlement does not include any admission of wrongdoing from the automaker or a reprimand from the EPA. As the New York Times notes, the U.S. government's investigation found Fiat Chrysler's actions "much less serious" than the Volkswagen scandal.

  • Fiat Chrysler will have to pay $305 million in civil penalties as well as dole out compensation to affected owners that could cost up to $185 million — and recall affected vehicles in order to reinstall their software. The automaker is also on the hook for a bevy of smaller civil penalties surrounding environmental and import issues.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 1,820,523 — Total deaths: 105,644 — Total recoveries: 458,231 — Total tested: 17,340,682Map.
  3. Public health: Protests against police brutality threaten coronavirus response — Controlling the virus in nursing homes won't be easy.
  4. Business: More than 1 in 6 black workers lost jobs between February and April.
  5. Climate: The alarm over climate financial risk gets louder because of coronavirus.
  6. Media: Interest in the George Floyd protests has soared past the coronavirus.
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Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued across the U.S., inciting a federal response from President Trump, the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: Immigration agents have been deployed to assist federal, state and local law enforcement. The U.S. Secret Service closed the streets immediately on all four sides of the White House Tuesday, until "riots become peaceful, or stop."

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NASA passes the torch

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With the historic crewed SpaceX launch last weekend, NASA passed the torch to private companies that will need to step up to build the economy the space agency envisions in orbit.

Why it matters: This new era of spaceflight will likely be marked by new conflicts — possibly including product placement (like the Tesla that drove the astronauts to the pad on Saturday), safety concerns and cultural differences between companies, the space agencies and people they serve.