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

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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will voluntarily recall 862,520 vehicles in the United States.

Multinational auto manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCA) will recall hundreds of thousands of vehicles after they failed to meet U.S. emissions standards, according to USA regulators.

The EPA said the scale of the recall meant it would be carried out in phases this year, beginning with the oldest vehicles, and owners may continue to drive their vehicles in the meantime.

"EPA welcomes the action by Fiat Chrysler to voluntarily recall its vehicles that do not meet USA emissions standards", EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement.

Vehicles covered by the recall include Dodge Journey SUVs from the 2011-2016 model years, the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200 mid-size sedans (2011-2014 mode years), 2011-2012 Dodge Calibers and Jeep Compass and Patriot models from 2011-2016. "Nor are there any associated fines".

Following the VW diesel scandal, the EPA and automakers began conducting the additional on-road testing, with mobile emissions-testing equipment strapped to the back of the cars. The government went on to say the recall is the result of "in-use emissions investigations conducted by EPA and in-use testing conducted by FCA as required by EPA regulations".

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

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the agency welcomed the voluntary recall.

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 California Air Resources (CARB) Board said 50,000 California vehicles must be repaired, or drivers "will not be able to register their vehicles".

It's not the first time that Chrysler's engines have been found not to be compliant with emissions standards.

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. It is awaiting the outcome of a criminal probe.

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