Fiat Chrysler Recalls 863,000 Cars, Minivans for High Emissions

Paul Ausick

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Wednesday morning that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) has agreed to a voluntary recall of 862,520 vehicles sold in the United States between model years 2011 and 2016. The recall includes vehicles that do not meet EPA emissions standards and were discovered during required EPA and Fiat Chrysler in-use emissions testing.

No fines or other penalties were identified in the EPA’s announcement, and Fiat Chrysler said in a statement that the agency’s announcement has no safety implications nor does it include any fine.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said:

EPA welcomes the action by Fiat Chrysler to voluntarily recall its vehicles that do not meet U.S. 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.

Affected vehicles include model years 2011 through 2016 Dodge Journeys, 2011 through 2014 Chrysler 200s and Dodge Avengers and 2011 through 2012 Dodge Calibers. The company began notifying customers of the recall and will provide the required repair at no charge.

According to the EPA, due to the number of vehicles affected, owners will need to wait until notified by the company before making a dealer appointment to fix the issue. Fiat Chrysler will send notifications to owners according to the following schedule:

  • First quarter 2019: Vehicles from model year 2011
  • Second quarter 2019: Vehicles from model year 2012
  • Third quarter 2019: Vehicles from model years 2013 and 2014
  • Fourth quarter 2019: Vehicles from model years 2015 and 2016

The EPA notice is available at the agency’s website.