Tigershark Emissions Recall on the Horizon?

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Scott McCracken
White smoke coming out of a tailpipe

FCA vehicles with the Tigershark engine in question includes:

In addition to their SEC filing, FCA says they've also been in contact with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB). Basically all the acronyms.

Will There Be a Recall?

It seems likely, but still uncertain if and when a recall may occur. While FCA may initiate a recall they've emphasized that this isn't a safety issue[1] and thereform not enforcable by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

While we know the vehicles are pushing excessive emissions through their tailpipes, we still don't know just how excessive it is.

FCA says they are conducting test programs and know that any remedy will need to receive approval from regulatory agencies like the EPA and CARB. Both agencies take emissions violations seriously and were heavily involved in the Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement.

One thing that is for certain is that affected owners will not have to pay for a remedy once it is available.

In the same SEC filing FCA maintains the emissions problem is not related to the uptick in complaints about the same Tigershark engine burning through excessive amounts of oil.

They also say this problem has nothing to do with their 2019 settlement for cheating on emissions tests in more than 100,000 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokees is not related.

  1. Maybe we should ask out planet if excess polution is a safety concern ↩︎

Generations Where This Problem Has Been Reported

This problem has popped up in the following Jeep generations.

Most years within a generation share the same parts and manufacturing process. You can also expect them to share the same problems. So while it may not be a problem in every year yet, it's worth looking out for.

OK, Now What?

Maybe you've experienced this problem. Maybe you're concerned you will soon. Whatever the reason, here's a handful of things you can do to make sure it gets the attention it deserves.

  1. File Your Complaint

    CarComplaints.com is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases.

    Add a Complaint
  2. Notify CAS

    The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits.

    Notify The CAS
  3. Report a Safety Concern

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues.

    Report to NHTSA