Fiat Chrysler recalls 862,500 cars amid emissions probe

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said on Wednesday it will recall nearly 865,000 vehicles that do not meet US emissions standards. UU., After liquidating claims that it manufactured vehicles that issued more pollution than legally permitted.

Voluntary recall of Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler vehicles from 2011 to 2016 will be implemented throughout the year, the US Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday. UU The agency said it would continue investigating FCA vehicles that do not meet the requirements, which could also be subject to future withdrawals.

"The EPA appreciates the action of Fiat Chrysler to voluntarily withdraw its vehicles that do not comply with the US emission standards," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "We will provide assistance to consumers navigating the recall and we will continue to ensure that automobile manufacturers comply with our nation's laws designed to protect human health and the environment."

FCA played down retreat as "routine". In a statement, the company said: "We are informed that today's EPA announcement reflects a new policy to announce routine emissions recalls, this campaign has no safety implications, nor are there associated fines."

FCA said it "discovered" the problem during the regular emission tests and reported it to the agency. "We started contacting the affected customers last month to inform them about the necessary repairs, which will be provided free of charge," the company said.

In January, FCA agreed to settle allegations by federal regulators that the company used software on approximately 104,000 diesel vans and SUVs to conduct emissions testing . The agreement requires the automaker to pay $ 280 million of the total $ 800 million agreement to compensate drivers of the Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 pickups of the years 2014-2016 with 3-liter V-6 diesel engines.

Fiat Chrysler is not required to admit the irregularities, nor did it resolve any potential criminal liability associated with the emissions violations, the Justice Department said at the time. Prosecutors have been investigating Fiat Chrysler since 2017, but have yet to submit any charges.

The auto industry has been plagued by accusations of illegal pollution since the revelation four years ago that Volkswagen was deliberately tampering with millions of diesel vehicles with software for Trick Emission Tests. In January 2017, VW pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to pay $ 4.3 billion in fines.

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