Fiat Chrysler recalls more than 860,000 vehicles

14 March 2019 - 11:17 By AFP Relaxnews
FCA on Wednesday issued a recall of 863,000 vehicles.
FCA on Wednesday issued a recall of 863,000 vehicles.
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Fiat Chrysler will recall nearly 863,000 SUVs and sedans that failed to meet federal emissions standards, US regulators announced on Wednesday.

The voluntary recall involves models of the Dodge Journey, Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger and Dodge Caliber sedans, as well as the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot SUVs, produced for model years 2011 and 2016, according to a statement from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

The scale of the recall means it will be carried out in phases this year, beginning with the oldest vehicles. Owners may continue to drive their vehicles in the meantime, the agency said in a statement.

FCA will replace the catalytic converters on the affected vehicles.

The recall comes two months after the auto giant agreed to pay US and local authorities $515m (roughly R7,435,570,000) to resolve charges that it had installed "defeat devices" on different cars to cheat on emissions tests, something the company claimed at the time was unintentional.