Recent industrial history offers numerous examples of the substantial risk that a purely financially-driven supply-chain management model can pose. Two prominent examples: GM’s ignition switch recall and Takata’s explosive airbags.
A suit would mark an escalation of the U.S. government’s months-long inquiry and could expose Fiat Chrysler to significant penalties.
Investigators opened the latest dossier in February, in response to charges leveled by German financial supervisor BaFin in summer 2016.
“There’s an implication that the judge sees something serious enough that it deserves the attention of authorities to consider whether a crime has been committed.”