Fiat Chrysler recalling almost 900,000 vehicles with emissions issue

Galtero Lara
Marcha 14, 2019

Issues with the catalytic converters of 862,520 Fiat-Chrysler vehicles are prompting a semi-voluntary recall, according to officials from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

The agency didn't go into specifics, but said the vehicles do not meet emission standards. The EPA says the recall was prompted by in-use emissions investigations that yielded higher than allowed pollution levels.

Because of supply constraints, the EPA says the recall will be implemented in phases, with the oldest vehicles getting repairs first.

Owners of affected vehicles need to wait until they receive notification from FCA prior to scheduling an appointment at the dealership.

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

Recalled vehicles include: 2011-2016 Dodge Journey, 2011-2014 Chrysler 200, 2011-2014 Dodge Avenger, 2011-2012 Dodge Caliber, 2011-2016 Jeep Compass, and 2011-2016 Jeep Patriot.

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Under the recall, catalytic converters will be refurbished or replaced.

"We will provide assistance to consumers navigating the recall and continue to ensure that auto manufacturers abide by our nation's laws created to protect human health and the environment", EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said.

The recall involves the replacement of parts including the catalytic converter-which is used to reduce pollutants in vehicle exhaust.

The company's share price plunged by more than two percent following the EPA's announcement before recovering slightly, to about 0.8 percent down from opening prices on Wednesday, at the time of publication. That means owners of the above Dodge-, Chrysler-, and Jeep-brand vehicles won't be able to register their cars in the Golden State without returning them for the necessary fixes.

The hefty penalty was the latest fallout from the US government's stepped-up enforcement of vehicle emissions rules after Volkswagen AG admitted in September 2015 to intentionally evading emissions rules.

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