FCA Recalling Nearly 900K Vehicles That Don’t Meet Emission Standards

Lloyd Doyle
March 14, 2019

Fiat Chrysler will recall almost 863,000 SUVs and sedans that failed to meet federal emissions standards, USA regulators announced on Wednesday.

The Environmental Protection Agency says 862,520 vehicles are being recalled as the result of in-use emissions testing. Chrysler said the non-compliant emissions were discovered in "routine in-use emissions testing, and reported to the EPA".

The company said the EPA's statement "reflects a new policy for announcing routine emissions recalls".

"EPA welcomes the action by Fiat Chrysler to voluntarily recall its vehicles that do not meet US emissions standards", EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement.

The vehicles involved in the recall include 2011-2016 Dodge Journey front wheel drive, 2011-2014 Chrysler 200 /Dodge Avenger front wheel drive, 2011-2012 Dodge Caliber front wheel drive continuously variable transmission and 2011-2016 Jeep Compass/Patriot front wheel drive continuously variable transmission.

FCA will replace the catalytic converters - devices in the exhaust system of motor vehicles which convert pollutant gases into less harmful substances - on the affected vehicles.

Chrysler said it began contacting customers last month to have the recall work done.

Its U.S. -traded shares were down 1 percent.

The recall will be conducted in phases, with owners of older cars being notified first that they can bring their cars in to be fixed.

The EPA says Chrysler will fix the emissions issue by fitting the affected vehicles with a new catalytic converter. In the meantime, owners can continue to drive their vehicles.

NOx emissions in California are a major contributor to ambient ozone and to fine particulate matter pollution, which is associated with asthma emergency room visits, increased hospitalizations due to exacerbated chronic heart and lung diseases, and other serious health problems, CARB said. It is awaiting the outcome of a criminal probe.

The US government has stepped-up enforcement of vehicle emissions rules in recent years after Volkswagen AG admitted in September 2015 to intentionally evading emissions rules.

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