Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Fiat Chrysler to recall 863,000 autos over emissions

Fiat Chrysler to recall 863,000 autos over emissions

The recall, reported earlier by Reuters, was prompted by in-use emissions investigations conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency and in-use testing by Fiat Chrysler as required by USA regulations, the agency said.

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 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 told Reuters that it will continue its investigation into other Fiat Chrysler models, which it says could also be non-compliant and may be subject to future recalls. "Nor are there any associated fines".

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

"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".

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

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

The scale of the recall means it will be carried out in phases this year, beginning with the oldest vehicles, while owners may continue to drive their vehicles. California said Fiat Chrysler's "own data and test results confirmed that the catalytic converters in these vehicles were malfunctioning".

The recall covers almost 863,000 US vehicles and 103,000 Canadian vehicles, Fiat Chrysler said.

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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