FCA recalling nearly 900,000 vehicles over emissions issue

The recall covers vehicles from the 2011-2016 model years.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Wednesday that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has agreed to voluntarily recall nearly 900,000 vehicles over emissions violations.

In total, FCA is recalling 862,520 vehicles in the United States. The EPA says the recall was prompted by in-use emissions investigations that yielded higher than allowed pollution levels.

Vehicles covered by the recall include Dodge Journey SUVs from the 2011-2016 model years, the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200 mid-size sedans (2011-2014 mode years), 2011-2012 Dodge Calibers and Jeep Compass and Patriot models from 2011-2016.

The EPA says Chrysler will fix the emissions issue by fitting the affected vehicles with a new catalytic converter. However, given the large number of vehicles included in the recall, the campaign will span the entirety of the 2019 calendar year.

Chrysler will rollout the fix for the oldest vehicles first. Vehicles from the 2011 model year will be fixed during Q1. Chrysler will then turn its attention to 2012 model year vehicles in Q2, before fixing the newer vehicles in Q3 and Q4.

The EPA says owners can continue to drive their vehicles while they await the recall fix. However, if you live in an area with vehicle inspections, you might be required to have the fix performed before you can go through the inspection process.

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