Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has chosen to recall 862,520 vehicles after a routine in-use emissions test revealed that some of the company’s models did not comply with federal emissions regulations. The recall is voluntary and FCA will not be fined.
The models involved include 2011-2016 Dodge Journey SUVs, 2011-2014 Chrysler 200 sedans, 2011-2012 Dodge Caliber hatchbacks, 2011-2016 Jeep Compass SUVs and 2011-2016 Jeep Patriot SUVs. On top of the nearly 900,000 vehicles recalled in the USA, additional vehicles – currently estimated around 100,000 – have been recalled in Canada.
Precisely how were these vehicles non-compliant with emissions regulations? According to FCA, their catalytic converters were deteriorating faster than expected, and they emitted more nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide than allowed by the USA’s Environmental Protection Agency’s standards. To fix this, dealers will replace catalytic converters and other parts throughout the year, free of charge. The precious metals in the converters will be recycled. Vehicle owners are free to continue driving their vehicles as usual during this time, whether or not their emissions systems have been repaired yet.
This recall is not related to FCA’s ongoing diesel emissions cheating scandal, which drew attention from both the EPA and the Department of Justice.