Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall more than 860,000 vehicles in the United States over findings from emissions investigations, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The issues, apparently unrelated to the company's massive diesel emissions scandal, affect a range of vehicles, from passenger cars such as the Chrysler 200 to the Jeep Compass SUV.
An EPA news release described it as a voluntary recall of 862,520 vehicles as a result of "in-use emissions investigations" conducted by the EPA. The vehicles' catalytic converter will need to be replaced, the release said.
"EPA welcomes the action by Fiat Chrysler to voluntarily recall its vehicles that do not meet U.S. emissions standards," EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a news release Wednesday. "We will provide assistance to consumers navigating the recall and continue to ensure that auto manufacturers abide by our nation's laws designed to protect human health and the environment."
FCA spokesman Eric Mayne provided a company statement noting that FCA had been advised the announcement "reflects a new policy for announcing routine emissions recalls."
The company also said it had actually discovered the issue.
"This campaign has no safety implications. Nor are there any associated fines. This issue was discovered by FCA during routine in-use emissions testing and reported to the agency," FCA said, noting that it started contacting affected customers in February.
FCA said the repairs would be provided free of charge, and that the precious metals in the catalytic converters being replaced would be recycled.
This is not the only emissions case facing the company. FCA is currently awaiting the results of a criminal investigation into its diesel emissions case, where it is expected to spend more than $790 million to resolve cheating allegations in the civil case involving approximately 100,000 2014-16 Eco-diesel Ram 1500 pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokees.
And EPA appeared to signal that more recalls could be forthcoming.
"EPA will continue to investigate other FCA vehicles which are potentially noncompliant and may become the subject of future recalls. Owners of affected vehicles will receive notification from FCA when parts are available for them to bring their vehicle in to be repaired. In the meantime, owners can continue to drive their vehicles," the release said, noting that recall would be implemented in phases this year.
Here are the affected vehicles, per the EPA:
MY 2011-2016 Dodge Journey (JC FWD)
MY 2011-2014 Chrysler 200 / Dodge Avenger (JS FWD)
MY 2011-2012 Dodge Caliber (PM FWD CVT)
MY 2011-2016 Jeep Compass/Patriot (MK FWD CVT)
"Owners of affected vehicles need to wait until they receive notification from FCA prior to scheduling an appointment at the dealership. Below is the schedule for each phase of the recall by model year:
MY 2011 - Q1 2019
MY 2012 - Q2 2019
MY 2013/2014 - Q3 2019
MY 2015/2016 - Q4 2019
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