Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) agreed to voluntarily recall 862,520 cars in the United States that no longer comply with federal emissions regulations, this according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the automaker.
Affected models include the 2011–2012 Dodge Caliber, the 2011–2014 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger, and front-wheel-drive versions of the 2011–2016 Dodge Journey, Jeep Compass (previous generation) and Jeep Patriot.
FCA said it found a problem “during routine in-use emissions testing” and reported it to the agency earlier this winter. The automaker will replace the catalytic converters and update software on the powertrain control module.
While some or all of the levels of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and other hydrocarbons may have registered above the legal limit for on-road testing, FCA and these vehicles were in compliance at the time of sale before the new procedures were in place.
According to an FCA spokesperson no fines were issued and the recall is unrelated to the diesel-emissions settlement affecting 100,000 late-model Jeep and Ram trucks.
The EPA said the recall will take place in four stages depending on vehicle age, beginning with older models.