Fiat Chrysler Canada has recalled more than 100,000 vehicles that may not meet emissions standards.
The Canadian recall is part of a larger, voluntary FCA campaign to fix more than 860,000 cars and crossovers in Canada and the United States. FCA determined that some of the vehicles' emissions exceeded limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Natural Resources Canada. The company made the discovery in routine in-use testing, in which it conducts emissions tests on randomly-selected vehicles that have been on the road for between one and four years.
This recall affects the Dodge Journey (front-wheel drive, 2011-2016), Dodge Caliber (front-wheel drive with the automatic CVT, 2011-2012), Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200 (2011-2014), Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot (front-wheel drive with the automatic CVT, 2011 and 2016).
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FCA says the recall poses no safety risk, so owners can continue driving the cars; the manufacturer will cover the cost of all repairs.
Because of the large number of vehicles affected, the company will roll out the recall in phases. It started with 2011 model year cars earlier this year, while 2012 models will be fixed this spring. FCA will take in 2013 and 2014 models during the summer months, and address 2015 and 2016 models toward the end of the year.
According to the EPA, the schedule will ensure FCA has enough parts, such as catalytic converters, to fix the affected vehicles. Owners will be notified by mail if their car is subject to the recall.