WASHINGTON -- The Chrysler group will spend more than $90 million to fix faulty emissions control systems and resolve charges it violated clean air laws, the federal government said last week.
The agreement involves about 1.5 million vehicles. They are 1996-2001 Jeep Cherokees, Grand Cherokees and Wranglers; and Dodge Dakotas and Ram pickups and vans. The EPA and the U.S. Justice Department had accused the company of failing to disclose the defects.
To settle the case, Chrysler agreed to extend warranties on catalytic converters in about 700,000 1996-99 vehicles and notify owners of 300,000 newer ones that repairs are available under original warranties. About 500,000 1996-98 vehicles are to be recalled for repair of a separate defect in the onboard diagnostics system and to have catalytic converters checked.
Spokesman Max Gates said DaimlerChrysler AG acted in good faith and did not break any laws.
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