Another massive recall is looming in the United States, this time involving vehicles from the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles umbrella. Involved are around 1 million units of various models equipped with the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine.
Some of the models that may be included in the recall are from Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep.
Following reports that the automaker is mulling a wide-scale recall, a spokesman for FCA told online publication Car and Driver that it is working closely with the authorities at the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to find a solution to the problem.
The company did not reveal details as to which makes, models, and model years will be part of the “group of vehicles equipped with the Tigershark engine” that will be covered by the recall. However, a statement from FCA stated that “as this population ages, some vehicles exceed in-use emission requirements, depending on drive cycle and mileage.”
The main cause of the recall is that the Tigershark engine might be releasing too much tailpipe emissions. But details of the recall, if decided, are set to be finalized once FCA completes “conducting test programs to define a remedy” approved by both the EPA and CARB.
FCA made it clear that the issue with the Tigershark engine is not a safety concern and that it is not related to class-action lawsuits filed against the company in Michigan and California over complaints that the same engine burns oil at an abnormal rate and causes vehicles to stall unexpectedly.
Models named in the lawsuits include the 2015-2016 Chrysler 200, 2013-2016 Dodge Dart, 2016-2020 Fiat 500X, 2014-2020 Jeep Cherokee, 2017-2020 Jeep Compass, and 2015-2020 Jeep Renegade.