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Automotive News: Diesel emissions kill 4,500 in Europe, FCA recalling 494,417 Ram trucks for safety issue

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Diesel emissions kill 4,500 in Europe each year

Researchers have discovered there have been more than 4,500 premature deaths annually in Europe because diesel cars emitted far higher levels of pollution than claimed.

The study comes two years after Volkswagen was caught cheating on emissions tests in the US.

The tiny particles emitted are hazardous to human health and contribute to 425,000 estimated annual premature deaths from air pollution in the European Union, Norway and Switzerland. read more »

Fiat Chrysler recalling 494,417 Ram trucks for safety issue

Fiat Chrysler is recalling almost half a million Ram heavy-duty pickups and medium-duty trucks because their water pumps could be defective.

The recall involves Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs from the 2013 to 2017 model years. All 494,417 of the vehicles involved have 6.7-liter engines.

Most of the trucks were sold in the U.S., but 46,220 are in Canada and 4,485 are in other markets.

Fiat Chrysler says a water pump bearing can overheat under certain conditions, potentially leading to an engine fire. 

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