According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has agreed to voluntarily recall of 862,520 vehicles in the United States. This recall is the result of in-use emissions investigations conducted by the EPA and in-use testing conducted by FCA, as required by EPA regulations.

Owners of affected vehicles will receive notification from FCA when parts are available for them to bring their vehicle in to be repaired -- and owners can continue to drive their vehicles in the meantime. Owners who live in locations subject to emissions inspection and maintenance may be required to have the recall performed prior to having their emissions inspection performed.

Due to the large number of vehicles involved and the need to supply replacement components – specifically, the vehicle’s catalytic converter - this recall will be implemented in phases during the 2019 calendar year, beginning with the oldest vehicles first.

Owners of affected vehicles must wait until they receive notification from FCA prior to scheduling an appointment at the dealership. Below is the schedule for each phase of the recall by model year:

2011 Model Years -----------------------------------Quarter 1, 2019

2012 Model Years -----------------------------------Quarter 2, 2019

2013/2014 Model Years ---------------------------Quarter 3, 2019

2015/2016 Model Years--------------------------- Quarter 4, 2019

Vehicles affected are as follows:

2011-2016 Model Years ---------------Dodge Journey (JC FWD)

2011-2014 Model Years ---------------Chrysler 200/Dodge Avenger (JS FWD)

2011-2012 Model Years ---------------Dodge Caliber (PM FWD CVT)

2011-2016 Model Years----------------Jeep Compass/Patriot (MK FWD CVT)

Editor’s Note: It is critical that all Service Providers are aware of this voluntary, emissions-related recall. If an affected vehicle enters your shop with concerns related to the catalytic converter, it is extremely important that you advise the customer to visit the dealer to have the vehicle serviced and that the dealer will make required repairs for free.