FCA is recalling 862,520 vehicles due to emissions standards. Initially this involves catalytic converters, however more cars may be implicated. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said, the recall includes gasoline-powered vehicles in the United States that do not meet U.S. emission standards. The issue was found during an EPA investigation, and they will continue to investigate other FCA vehicles that are potential noncompliant. There may be more recalls in the near future.
The FCA concurred in the EPA announcement, “this recall has no safety implications. Nor are there any associated fines.” The recall includes 2011-2016 Dodge Journeys, 2011-2014 Chrysler 200’s and Dodge Avengers, 2011-2012 Dodge Calipers, and 2011-2016 Jeep Compass/Patriots. The EPA said, “The issue was discovered by FCA during a routine in-use emissions testing and reported to the agency. We began contacting affected customers last month to advise them of the needed repaired, which will be provided at no charge.”
FCA already agreed to a settlement of $800 million to resolve U.S. Justice Department and state of California for using illegal software to produce false results on RAM and Jeep vehicles. This was a completely separate using that involving around 100,000 2014-2016 Eco-diesel Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokees.
FCA Chief Technical Compliance Officer Mark Chernoby said the recall repairs would have no effect on fuel economy or drivability. The government said FCA owners can continue to drive their vehicles. The EPA emphasized, “due to the large number of vehicles involved and the need to supple replacement components, specifically to the vehicle’s catalytic convert, this recall will be implemented in phases during 2019.”
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