Fiat Chrysler Recalling Nearly 900K Vehicles Over Emission Standards

Marco Green
March 14, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Wednesday that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has agreed to voluntarily recall almost 900,000 vehicles over emissions violations. "Nor are there any associated fines".

The recall affects catalytic converters, and potentially other components, in front-wheel drive 2011-2016 Dodge Journey, 2011 and 2012 Dodge Caliber, 2011-2014 Avenger and Chrysler 200, as well as the 2011-2016 Jeep Compass and Patriot.

The EPA said the discovery was made through routine testing carried out by the agency and the automaker.

"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. A FCA spokesperson, in an email to Roadshow, said it was the result of a routine series of tests performed on in-service vehicles.

The recall is not related to the diesel investigation.

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.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the agency welcomed the voluntary recall. However, given the large number of vehicles included in the recall, the campaign will span the entirety of the 2019 calendar year.

Owners of affected vehicles will receive notification from Fiat Chrysler when parts are available for them to bring their vehicle into be repaired.

The FCA spokesperson also told Roadshow that it began notifying owners of the affected vehicles last month, so owners should keep an eye out for first-class mail about the recall.

In January, Fiat Chrysler agreed to a settlement worth about $800 million to resolve claims by the U.S. Justice Department and the state of California that it used illegal software to produce false results on diesel-emissions tests.

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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