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Fiat Chrysler to Recall 862520 US Vehicles over Excess Emissions

14 March 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will recall 862,520 cars and SUVs because their emissions equipment is allowing too many pollutants to escape with the exhaust.

The vehicles to be recalled, including the Dodge Avenger, Caliber, and Journey, and the Chrysler 200 (a twin of the Avenger) spanning from 2011 to 2016, met original EPA laboratory emissions tests, but failed in the kind of followup road tests implemented after emissions cheating was uncovered in millions of VW diesels.

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

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The scale of the recall means it will be carried out in phases this year, beginning with the oldest vehicles, and owners may continue to drive their vehicles in the meantime, the agency said in a statement.

"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. "Nor are there any associated fines".

"We began contacting affected customers last month to advise them of the needed repairs, which will be provided at no charge", the company added. The EPA says catalytic converters will need to be replaced to ensure the automaker "abides by the nation's laws created to protect human health and the environment".

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The EPA says Chrysler will fix the emissions issue by fitting the affected vehicles with a new catalytic converter. California said Fiat Chrysler's "own data and test results confirmed that the catalytic converters in these vehicles were malfunctioning".

The EPA said the recall will be done in phases this year due to the large number of vehicles involved and the need to find supplies of catalytic converter.

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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Fiat Chrysler to Recall 862520 US Vehicles over Excess Emissions