Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said Wednesday that it will recall about 865,000 vehicles that do not meet U.S. emissions standards, after settling claims that it made vehicles that emitted more pollution than legally allowed.
The voluntary recall of 2011-2016 Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler model vehicles will be implemented throughout the year, the US Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday. The agency said it would continue to investigate non-compliant FCA vehicles. with the requirements, which could also be subject to future withdrawals.
“Vehicles that do not meet US emissions standards”
“The EPA welcomes Fiat Chrysler’s action to voluntarily recall its vehicles that do not meet US emissions standards,” said recently confirmed EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a statement. “We will provide assistance to consumers navigating the recall and continue to ensure that automakers are complying with our nation’s laws designed to protect human health and the environment.”
FCA downplayed the recall as “routine.” In a statement, the company said: “We are informed that today’s announcement from the EPA reflects a new policy to announce the routine removal of emissions. This campaign has no safety implications. There are also no associated penalties.”
FCA said it “discovered” the problem during regular emissions testing and reported it to the agency. “We began contacting affected customers last month to inform them of the necessary repairs, which will be provided free of charge,” the company said.
FCA said it “discovered” the problem during regular emissions tests
In January, the FCA agreed to resolve allegations by federal regulators that the company used software on about 104,000 diesel trucks and SUVs to cheat emissions tests. The settlement requires the automaker to pay $ 280 million of the total $ 800 million settlement to compensate drivers of 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 pickups with 3-liter V-6 diesel engines.
The deal did not force Fiat Chrysler to admit wrongdoing, nor did it resolve any possible criminal liability associated with the emissions violations, the Justice Department said at the time. Prosecutors have been investigating Fiat Chrysler since 2017, but have not yet filed any charges.
The auto industry has been plagued with allegations of illegal pollution since the revelation four years ago that Volkswagen was deliberately tampering with millions of diesel vehicles with software to fool emissions tests. In January 2017, VW pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to pay $ 4.3 billion in fines.