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Fiat Chrysler to recall more than 860,000 vehicles in new emissions probe, EPA says

Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press on

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall more than 860,000 vehicles in the United States over findings from emissions investigations, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The issues, apparently unrelated to the company's massive diesel emissions scandal, affect a range of vehicles, from passenger cars such as the Chrysler 200 to the Jeep Compass SUV.

An EPA news release described it as a voluntary recall of 862,520 vehicles as a result of "in-use emissions investigations" conducted by the EPA. The vehicles' catalytic converter will need to be replaced, the release said.

"EPA welcomes the action by Fiat Chrysler to voluntarily recall its vehicles that do not meet U.S. emissions standards," EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a news release Wednesday. "We will provide assistance to consumers navigating the recall and continue to ensure that auto manufacturers abide by our nation's laws designed to protect human health and the environment."

FCA spokesman Eric Mayne provided a company statement noting that FCA had been advised the announcement "reflects a new policy for announcing routine emissions recalls."

The company also said it had actually discovered the issue.

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"This campaign has no safety implications. Nor are there any associated fines. This issue was discovered by FCA during routine in-use emissions testing and reported to the agency," FCA said, noting that it started contacting affected customers in February.

FCA said the repairs would be provided free of charge, and that the precious metals in the catalytic converters being replaced would be recycled.

This is not the only emissions case facing the company. FCA is currently awaiting the results of a criminal investigation into its diesel emissions case, where it is expected to spend more than $790 million to resolve cheating allegations in the civil case involving approximately 100,000 2014-16 Eco-diesel Ram 1500 pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokees.

And EPA appeared to signal that more recalls could be forthcoming.

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