Fiat Chrysler recalling almost 900,000 vehicles on emissions

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

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

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

Owners who live in places where vehicles are checked to ensure that they're meeting emissions compliance "may be required to have the recall performed prior to having the inspection performed" because the auto is likely to fail the test in this condition, the EPA said in a statement.

The recall was prompted by in-use emissions investigations by the EPA, as well as mandatory testing carried out by FCA in line with the agency's rules, the regulator said.

Safety recalls are usually announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or by automakers themselves, but the EPA has begun sharing emissions-related recall information as well. "Nor are there any associated fines".

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. Around 4 percent of vehicles show higher than expected emissions in these tests, which can lead to an emissions recall.

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"We began contacting affected customers last month to advise them of the needed repairs, which will be provided at no charge", the company added.

"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".

In January, Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay $800 million to settle claims from the U.S. Department of Justice and California alleging that it used illegal software to subvert diesel emissions tests, but a criminal probe is ongoing. California said Fiat Chrysler's "own data and test results confirmed that the catalytic converters in these vehicles were malfunctioning".

The recall will be performed in phases during the year, with the oldest vehicles first.

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.