Cummins engines systematically tricked air quality controls, feds say

The United States Department of Justice is slamming an Indiana-based engine manufacturing company with a $1.675 billion penalty in a settlement that says the company violated the federal Clean Air Act.

The department alleges Cummins Inc. installed devices that can bypass emissions sensors on 630,000 RAM pickup truck engines, according to a news release Friday. The whopping financial penalty is the largest ever violation since the law was enacted in 1963 to protect the nation’s air quality.

“The types of devices we allege that Cummins installed in its engines to cheat federal environmental laws have a significant and harmful impact on people’s health and safety,” wrote Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. He said Cummins’ engines caused excess emissions of nitrogen oxides, which can cause asthma and respiratory infections.

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