WASHINGTON (March 13, 2019) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has agreed to voluntarily recall 862,520 vehicles in the United States. This recall is the result of in-use emissions investigations conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and in-use testing conducted by FCA as required by EPA regulations.
“EPA welcomes the action by Fiat Chrysler to voluntarily recall its vehicles that do not meet U.S. emissions standards,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “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.”
EPA will continue to investigate other FCA vehicles which are potentially non-compliant and may become the subject of future recalls.
Owners of affected vehicles will receive notification from FCA when parts are available for them to bring their vehicle in to be repaired. In the meantime, owners can continue to drive their vehicles.
Due to the large number of vehicles involved and the need to supply replacement components – specifically to 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 need to wait until they receive notification from FCA prior to scheduling an appointment at the dealership. Below is the scheduled for each phase of the recall by model year:
- MY 2011 – Q1 2019
- MY 2012 – Q2 2019
- MY 2013/2014 – Q3 2019
- MY 2015/2016 – Q4 2019
Vehicles affected are as follows:
- MY 2011-2016 Dodge Journey (JC FWD)
- MY 2011-2014 Chrysler 200 / Dodge Avenger (JS FWD)
- MY 2011-2012 Dodge Caliber (PM FWD CVT)
- MY 2011-2016 Jeep Compass/Patriot (MK FWD CVT)
For more information regarding the recall, please visit: www.epa.gov/recall/fiat-chrysler-automobiles-voluntary-recall
The Environmental Protection Agency has rescheduled public hearings on the updated Waters of the U.S. definition. The hearings were scheduled to take place during the government shutdown, but were postponed.
The hearings will be held on February 27th and 28th in Kansas City, Kansas. The EPA, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, have submitted the proposed rule to the Federal Register. The 60-day comment period, also delayed by the government shutdown, will close on April 15th. In the Federal Register, the listing says the EPA is defining the scope of waters regulated under the Clean Water Act.
The proposed rule is intended to “increase Clean Water Act program predictability and consistency by increasing clarity as to the scope of waters of the United States.” Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, called the release of the proposal a “major step toward fair and understandable water regulation on America’s farms and ranches.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a first-time Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National FFA Organization to advance educational outreach for EPA’s ongoing environmental and public health initiatives.
“Today’s MOU will expand EPA’s environmental education programs to an important and diverse new audience: the National FFA Organization’s 670,000 student members,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “The MOU reflects the importance of agricultural practices in promoting environmental stewardship and builds on our recent collaborations with America’s farmers and ranchers.”
“This agreement between FFA and EPA recognizes how FFA members are ready to be leaders in environmental fields,” said National FFA President Luke O’Leary. “Whether it’s studying pH levels in soil or running experiments to reduce water runoff, we’re active stewards in preserving and enhancing the resources needed to grow our food.”
EPA will continue to work with FFA to ensure environmental education is learned and practiced by all Americans to achieve EPA’s mission of protecting human health and the environment.
Click here to read the full MOU.