Posts tagged Emissions
FCA Chrysler Recall about 850,000 vehicles for improper emissions standards

In what is slowly becoming a new trend with automobile manufacturers, a new recall has been issued for FCA vehicles and their emissions systems. Wall Street Journal posits:

The company’s voluntary recall of 862,520 vehicles includes several models of the Dodge Journey, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Caliber and Jeep Compass, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.

VEHICLES AFFECTED

Dodge Journey, 2011-2016 model years

  • Chrysler 200/Dodge Avenger, 2011-2014 model years

  • Dodge Caliber, 2011-2012 model years

  • Jeep Compass/Patriot, 2011-2016 model years

The recall, which includes vehicles going back to the 2011 model year, will be implemented in phases this year with the oldest vehicles being called back first, the EPA said. The recall will involve the replacement of components that are part of a vehicle’s catalytic converter.

Fiat Chrysler representatives weren’t immediately available for comment.

Owners of the affected vehicles will still be able to drive their cars. Fiat Chrysler will reach out to owners when parts become available and customers will be asked to bring them to the dealership for repair, the agency said.

Ostensibly, the recall was issued with the cooperation of the EPA, who said they '“welcome 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 statement.

"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."

Fiat Chrysler owners can continue to drive their vehicles, the government said. 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," the EPA said

Ford sued for diesel emissions, a la Volkswagen

This is big news as it involves another automobile manufacturer purposefully designing software to skirt around federal emissions regulations.  FCA and Volkswagen have had issues very similar to this.  This affects 2011-2017 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel pickups.  

Ford Motor Co. rigged at least 500,000 heavy-duty trucks to beat emissions tests, drivers claimed in a lawsuit, adding to the tally of carmakers linked to diesel-cheating allegations worldwide that started in 2015 with Volkswagen AG.

Ford’s F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel pickups, a slice of the top-selling F-Series, are spewing emissions as much as 50 times the legal limit for nitrogen oxide pollutants, according to the complaint. The trucks sold from 2011 to 2017 cost $8,400 more than their gasoline-fueled counterparts, the filing shows.

Ford marketed the trucks as “the cleanest super diesel ever,” while the lawyer behind the suit said they should have been called “Super Dirty.”

“The vehicle’s own on-board diagnostic software indicates emission control system to be operating as Ford intended, even though its real world performance grossly exceeds the standard,” attorney Steve Berman, a managing partner at Hagens Berman, said in the complaint.

Ford worked with German automotive supplier Robert Bosch GmbH to mask the vehicles’ inefficiencies in order to maintain overall performance, according to the complaint filed Wednesday in Detroit federal court. Bosch is named as a defendant in the proposed class action.

More information can be found on the developing story here. 

The case is Gamboa v. Ford Motor Co., 18-cv-10106, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit).

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Chevrolet Equinox / GMC Terrain Catalytic Converter Warranty Extension

I wrote about a warranty extension for Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain owners here, where General Motors offered owners of 2010-2012 Equinox and Terrain owners a completely free warranty extension covering oil consumption issues.  Along that same road, General Motors has also issued a warranty extension for 2010-2011 Chevrolet Equinoxes and Terrains with 2.4L engines regarding the catalytic converter.  This is good news because it means that if your car has fewer than 120,000 miles and your vehicle requires a catalytic converter replacement, you can have that done at a GM dealership at no cost to you.  The bulletin is titled 15810-01: Special Coverage – Catalytic Converter Replacement – 2010-2011 Chevrolet Equinox & GMC Terrain and is copy / pasted below:

Condition: On some 2010-2011 model year Chevrolet Equinox and GMCTerrain vehicles that are equipped with a 2.4L engine (RPO LAF), a malfunction-indicator light (MIL) may illuminate due to thermal damage or face erosion of the catalytic converter.

Special Coverage Adjustment: This special coverage covers the condition described above for a period of 10 years or 120,000 miles (193,000 km), whichever occurs first, from the date the vehicle was originally placed in service, regardless of ownership.

Correction Replace the catalytic converter. The repairs will be made at no charge to the customer.

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