Through in-use emissions investigations conducted by the EPA and FCA, it has been found that more than 965,000 vehicles are non-compliant and will be recalled by Fiat-Chrysler in the near future.
The source of the failed emission is a poorly performing catalytic converter and not some illicit behaviour on behalf of FCA, at least not this time. The EPA announced that there are “no safety implications nor are there any associated fines.”
According to a news story from Automotive News, the failing catalytic converters are allowing high levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, well above regulatory limits, which are an important contributor to ambient ozone and to fine particulate matter pollution.
The voluntary recall will take place in batches over the course of the year. The repair will be provided to owners at no charge and affected customers have already been contacted. The issue now, due to the large number of vehicles involved, is that FCA needs to find reliable suppliers for the new catalytic converters.
Of the 965,000 recalled vehicles, 863,000 are registered in the US while the other 103,000 are in Canada.