U.S. Engine Maker Will Pay $1.6 Billion to Settle Claims of Emissions Cheating

Wow! Who would have thought that following the spectacular hit that Volkswagen took from the emissions scandal it perpetrated, ie: more than $15 billion in fines plus the repurchase of 11 million cars, that other similar offenders out there would have quietly folded their tents of fraud and changed their stripes, grateful that they hadn’t also been caught in that dragnet! U.S. Engine Maker Will Pay $1.6 Billion

But NO!!! Apparently, Cummins the truck engine manufacturer, was also guilty! They must have just figured that they were better liars and had escaped scrutiny! That they, were that much more-clever than Volks! 

Well yea, ok, it did take a few more years to see through their version of deception.  But now the jig is up for them too! It is just how it goes. Smarter and more clever liars and cheaters may be able to stay in the shadows longer, but when the light finally shines on them and reveals their treachery, the pit they’ve dug for themselves is that much deeper! 

It sounds here like the company is trying to put their best spin on having been nailed, but the damage they’ve done is significant and so will be the penalties they face, including responsible individuals and the company.

The company, Cummins, was accused of installing devices to defeat pollution controls on hundreds of thousands of trucks.



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U.S. Engine Maker Will Pay $1.6 Billion to Settle Claims of Emissions Cheating

The company, Cummins, was accused of installing devices to defeat pollution controls on hundreds of thousands of trucks.

Reporting from Washington

The United States and the state of California have reached an agreement in principle with the truck engine manufacturer Cummins on a $1.6 billion penalty to settle claims that the company violated the Clean Air Act by installing devices to defeat emissions controls on hundreds of thousands of engines, the Justice Department announced on Friday.

The penalty would be the largest ever under the Clean Air Act and the second largest ever environmental penalty in the United States.

Defeat devices are parts or software that bypass, defeat or render inoperative emissions controls like pollution sensors and onboard computers. They allow vehicles to pass emissions inspections while still emitting high levels of smog-causing pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, which is linked to asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

The Justice Department has accused the company of installing defeat devices on 630,000 model year 2013 to 2019 RAM 2500 and 3500 pickup truck engines. The company is also alleged to have secretly installed auxiliary emission control devices on 330,000 model year 2019 to 2023 RAM 2500 and 3500 pickup truck engines.

“Violations of our environmental laws have a tangible impact. They inflict real harm on people in communities across the country,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement. “This historic agreement should make clear that the Justice Department will be aggressive in its efforts to hold accountable those who seek to profit at the expense of people’s health and safety.”

In a statement, Cummins said that it had “seen no evidence that anyone acted in bad faith and does not admit wrongdoing.”

The company said it has “cooperated fully with the relevant regulators, already addressed many of the issues involved, and looks forward to obtaining certainty as it concludes this lengthy matter. Cummins conducted an extensive internal review and worked collaboratively with the regulators for more than four years.”

Stellantis, the company that makes the trucks, has already recalled the model year 2019 trucks and has initiated a recall of the model year 2013 to 2018 trucks. The software in those trucks will be recalibrated to ensure that they are fully compliant with federal emissions law, said Jon Mills, a spokesman for Cummins.

Mr. Mills said that “next steps are unclear” on the model year 2020 through 2023, but that the company “continues to work collaboratively with regulators” to resolve the issue.

The Justice Department partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency in its investigation of the case.

The E.P.A. has ramped up its investigations of illegal emissions control software since the Volkswagen scandal of 2015, when the automaker was found to have illegally installed the devices in millions of diesel passenger cars worldwide. Volkswagen agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion in a consumer class-action settlement. The company also agreed to buy back about 430,000 of the approximately 11 million millions cars that carried the cheating software.

In 2020, another E.P.A. investigation found that individual owners and operators of more than half a million diesel pickup trucks had been illegally disabling the emissions control technology on their vehicles.

“E.P.A. is on the job because of what was learned through the Volkswagen scandal, and their oversight has increased significantly,” said Luke Tonachel, an expert on clean vehicle policy at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an advocacy group. “Our government needs to continue to be vigilant to ensure cheating doesn’t continue.”

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U.S. Engine Maker Will Pay $1.6 Billion

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