Around 1 million Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) vehicles are being considered for recall for an emission issue surrounding the aged 2.4-liter “Tigershark” inline-four-cylinder engine. According to reports coming out of Detroit, the automaker is talking with government officials about details of a recall.
FCA said in a quarterly filing with regulators, that the company found excess pollution being admitted by vehicles with its 2.4-liter “Tigershark” engine. The Tigershark family of engines were released during the 2013 model year and continue to power several of the company’s products today. The engines can be found in the following vehicles…
- 2013 to 2016 – Dodge Dart
- 2014 to Present – Jeep® Cherokee
- 2015 to Present – Jeep Renegade
- 2015 to Present – Ram ProMaster City
- 2016 to Present – Fiat 500X
- 2017 to Present – Jeep Compass
- 2017 to Present – Fiat Toro
According to the Detroit Free Press, FCA is currently working to identify the affected vehicles and develop a fix to the issue. This would explain why our spy photographers have seen several late-model Tigershark-powered models testing around the Metro Detroit area recently, like Dodge Darts, Chrysler 200, Jeep Cherokee, and Ram ProMaster City models.
“Upon the completion of this work, we intend to review our proposed solution with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and will likely initiate a recall campaign,” FCA said in an official filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. “As this population ages, some vehicles exceed in-use emission requirements, depending on drive cycle and mileage,” said FCA in a statement.
According to reports, the issue with the Tigershark engines is not associated with any other emissions problem. FCA also said the issue was not related to lawsuits claiming excessive oil use by the Tigershark engines. According to FCA, the EPA will not plan any enforcement action against the company.
“FCA has been working closely with EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB), and we continue to do so, on a group of vehicles equipped with Tigershark engines. As this population ages, some vehicles exceed in-use emission requirements, depending on the drive cycle and mileage. We are conducting test programs to define a remedy, which also requires approval by the agencies. Affected customers will be advised when service becomes available, and will be provided free of charge. This is not a safety issue and there are no enforcement actions,” according to an FCA spokesman.