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Fiat Chrysler to recall 862,520 US vehicles over emissions standards

Auto News - Published on Mon, 18 Mar 2019

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Reuters reported Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will recall 862,520 gasoline-powered vehicles in the United States that do not meet US emissions standards, the Environmental Protection Agency said. The recall, reported earlier by Reuters, was prompted by in-use emissions investigations conducted by the EPA and in-use testing conducted by Fiat Chrysler as required by US regulations.

EPA told Reuters it will continue to investigate other Fiat Chrysler vehicles that are potentially noncompliant and may become the subject of future recalls.

The recall includes 2011-2016 Dodge Journeys, 2011-2014 Chrysler 200s and Dodge Avengers, 2011-2012 Dodge Calibers and 2011-2016 Jeep Compass/Patriots.

Fiat Chrysler did not immediately comment. Its US-traded shares were down 1.4 percent.

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

Fiat Chrysler owners can continue to drive their vehicles, the government said. EPA said that Due to the "large number of vehicles involved and the need to supply replacement components specifically to the vehicle's catalytic converter this recall will be implemented in phases during the 2019.”

In January, Fiat Chrysler agreed to a settlement worth about USD 800 million to resolve claims by the US Justice Department and state of California that it used illegal software to produce false results on diesel-emissions tests. It is awaiting the outcome of a criminal probe.

The hefty penalty was the latest fallout from the US government's stepped-up enforcement of vehicle emissions rules after Volkswagen AG admitted in September 2015 to intentionally evading emissions rules.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 18 Mar 2019
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