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Fiat Chrysler recalling 965,000 US, Canadian vehicles over excess emissions

Fiat Chrysler recalling 965,000 US, Canadian vehicles over excess emissions

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will recall about 965,000 gasoline-powered vehicles in the United States and Canada that do not meet emissions standards and will replace their catalytic converters, officials said on Wednesday.

In January, Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay $800 million to settle claims from the U.S. Department of Justice and California alleging that it used illegal software to subvert diesel emissions tests, but a criminal probe is ongoing.

The recall was prompted by in-use emissions investigations by the EPA, as well as mandatory testing carried out by FCA in line with the agency's rules, the regulator said.

It should be noted that the issue has no direct safety implications to drivers and passengers, and the EPA has not levied any fines as a result of this discovery.

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Owners of affected vehicles need to wait until they receive notification from FCA prior to scheduling an appointment at the dealership.

"We began contacting affected customers last month to advise them of the needed repairs, which will be provided at no charge", the company added.

Its U.S. -traded shares were down almost 1 percent. However, given the large number of vehicles included in the recall, the campaign will span the entirety of the 2019 calendar year. Diesels in the company's Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram diesel models were recalled in conjunction with the VW diesel lawsuit, and the Cummins diesel engines in the Ram Heavy Duty were also recalled a separate case.

Chrysler will rollout the fix for the oldest vehicles first. That means owners of the above Dodge-, Chrysler-, and Jeep-brand vehicles won't be able to register their cars in the Golden State without returning them for the necessary fixes. These two factors are "associated with premature death, asthma emergency room visits, increased hospitalizations due to exacerbation of chronic heart and lung diseases, and other serious health impacts".