Fiat-Chrysler of America (FCA) will recall greater than 850,000 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles and SUVs resulting from an issue with their catalytic converters. The recall was introduced after an investigation by the California Air Sources Board (CARB) and the US Environmental Safety Company (EPA). There are about 50,000 of those automobiles in California.
In many of the nation this can be a voluntary recall. However in California, drivers who fail to get the mandatory repairs will be unable to register their automobiles.
FCA is recalling these automobiles as a result of they emit NOx above regulatory limits. FCA’s personal knowledge and check outcomes confirmed that the catalytic converters in these automobiles have been malfunctioning. CARB testing helped the corporate discover the suitable answer to the issue.
NOx emissions in California are an important contributor to ambient ozone and a key contributor to high-quality particulate matter air pollution (PM2.55) which is related to untimely demise, bronchial asthma emergency room visits, elevated hospitalizations resulting from exacerbation of power coronary heart and lung ailments, and different critical well being impacts.
California is residence to each the best ozone ranges (South Coast) and ambient particulate matter ranges (San Joaquin Valley) in the US. Roughly 10 million Californians dwell in communities that exceed the federal ozone and particulate matter ambient air high quality requirements that have been put in place to guard public well being.
The automobiles affected by this recall are:
2011-2016 MY Dodge Journey (JC FWD)
2011-2014 MY Chrysler 200/Dodge Avenger (JS FWD)
2011-2012 MY Dodge Caliber (PM FWD CVT)
2011-2016 MY Jeep Compass/Patriot (MK FWD CVT)
Due to the big variety of automobiles and two generations of engines concerned the precise recall will happen in phases, by mannequin 12 months:
201: Q1 2019
2012: Q2 2019
2013/14: Q3 2019
2015/16: This fall 2019
Homeowners shall be notified by FCA to convey their particular person automobiles in throughout these durations.