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FCA recalls over 850,000 gasoline vehicles due to excessive NOx emissions

13 March 2019

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has agreed to voluntarily recall 862,520 gasoline powered cars and SUVs in the United States due to excessive NOx emissions caused by a malfunctioning three-way catalyst (TWC). The issue is not related to the recent FCA settlement over diesel emissions.

Vehicles affected are as follows:

The recall was announced after an in-use emissions investigation by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and in-use testing conducted by FCA as required by EPA regulations.

“EPA welcomes the action by Fiat Chrysler to voluntarily recall its vehicles that do not meet U.S. emissions standards,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “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.”

The EPA said it will continue to investigate other FCA vehicles which are potentially non-compliant and may become the subject of future recalls.

Due to the large number of vehicles involved and the need to supply replacement catalytic converters, the recall will be implemented in phases during the 2019 calendar year beginning with the oldest vehicles first. Owners of affected vehicles will receive notification from FCA when parts are available, and owners can continue to drive their vehicles in the meantime.

The recall is voluntary in most of the United States. But in California, drivers who fail to get the necessary repairs will not be able to register their vehicles.

Source: US EPA | CARB