FCA to Recall Nearly 968,000 Vehicles that Flunked U.S. Emission Tests

March 13, 2019 at 4:08 PM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has agreed to recall 967,700 of its gasoline-powered cars and SUV/crossovers in the U.S. and Canada that failed “in-use” emission tests.

Such evaluations determine whether vehicles certified in a laboratory setting also continue to meet emission limits on the road. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says its tests discovered deficiencies in the catalytic converter systems.

FCA dealers will replace the catalytic converter and install a software update to match the engine control system with the performance of the new device, according to EPA.

The affected vehicles are the:

  • Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger small sedans (2011-2016 model years)
  • Dodge Journey midsize crossover (2011-2016)
  • Dodge Caliber small five-door hatch (2011-2012)
  • Jeep Compass and /Patriot compact SUVs (2011-2016).

FCA will make repairs in phases, beginning with the oldest vehicles, through the end of this year. The company is calling back 2011 models now. It will then recall 2012 models in April-June, 2013-2014 models in July-September and 2015-2016 models in October-December.