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Renault Accused of Cheating Emissions Tests

Renault Accused of Cheating Emissions Tests

Just days after it emerged that Fiat Chrysler were accused of using defeat devices to cheat emissions tests, Renault are facing a probe.

French prosecutors are investigation Renault over suspected cheating on vehicle exhaust emissions, which caused the carmaker's shares to fall.

In a statement, Renault took note of the investigation but said its 'vehicles are not equipped with cheating software affecting anti-pollution systems'. The prosecutor has instructed three judges to look into the case, saying there's the possibility the carmaker might be guilty of selling "products unsafe to health" were it to be found to have tampered with its engine performance in such a way as to game the testing system. Whether the prosecutor's inquiry will be followed by a trial is for those judges to decide.

The news led to a drop of four percent in Renault's shares, and they recovered a part of their value at the end of the trading day.

Renault, which does not sell vehicles in the US, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Gunman who killed 9 in hate crime sentenced to death
Tuesday, he was sentenced to die for the massacre. "I can't hate live with hate forever, but in due time I will heal". The tragedy led to the flag being removed from the SC statehouse, where it had flown for 50 years.

Following a massive emissions scandal involving Germany's Volkswagen, independent French experts found dangerously high levels of emissions from diesel engines of several carmakers, including Renault.

The Italian-American company immediately denied the charges and pledged to work with President-elect Donald Trump's adminstration to resolve the issue "fairly".

The EPA said undisclosed software on the 2014 to 2016 models of Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks sold in the United States allowed the vehicles to emit more nitrogen oxides than permitted. The fines are the largest ever paid by a vehicle manufacturer in the US, while the ruling also includes criminal charges against six VW executives who face prison in the U.S.

Volkswagen's bill for its cheating rose this week after the company settled criminal and civil complaints with the U.S. Department of Justice, including pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government and obstruction of justice.


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