7 must-knows about Dodge, Ram buybacks - USA TODAY

Owners of Dodge SUVs and Ram pickups eager to find out if their vehicle is eligible for a buyback program announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles say they are having a difficult time getting... "They said the media finds out (about recalls) before they do. ". The buyback program is one component of a consent order that also includes $105 million in civil penalties for the automaker's lax record of repairs and communication for 23 recalls... Some of the confusion over the buyback program was caused, in part, by NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind who said a consent order signed by Fiat Chrysler required the automaker to offer repurchase more than half-a-million vehicles because they... Later, the agency said that only the owners of vehicles under three specific recalls that have not yet had their vehicle fixed are eligible. Fiat Chrysler says that number is less than 200,000. To be fair, the automaker has had little time to inform its dealers or even develop the buyback program. Three of the automakers top executives signed a complicated, 37-page legal agreement with NHTSA on Friday, and the buyback program barely fills a half-page of the agreement. Source: www.usatoday.com