In compliance with regulators in Europe, namely Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority, the Volkswagen Group will recall approximately 8.5 million vehicles across 28 European nations due to the ‘defeat device’ software used on the vehicles to fool emissions testing equipment. Details of recalls in other nations will be announced at a later date.
Here in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency needs to confirm whether any fix VW proposes is effective before it can issue a recall. Details of the fix are expected to be received by the EPA this week or next. Around 482,000 vehicles are thought to be affected by the diesel scandal here.
Back in Europe, the recall is only on those models equipped with the older EA 189 diesel engine, meaning cars with the current EA 288 engine are unaffected. VW is also quick to point out that the recalled cars are still safe and roadworthy. The bulk of the recalled vehicles, approximately 2.4 million units, are in Germany.
The fix, which will be applied to the recalled cars starting from January, 2016, can involve software as well as hardware measures, VW states. The various measures are currently being developed for each affected series and each affected model year. Brands affected by the recall include Audi, SEAT, Skoda and VW.
Lamborghini factory in Sant'Agata Bolognese
At the same time, it’s been revealed that Italian police have raided VW’s offices in Italy as well as those of VW subsidiary Lamborghini in regards to the diesel scandal. The raids were prompted after a local consumer rights group filed a fraud suit on behalf of thousands of owners of VW-made vehicles. The argument is that VW has committed fraud at the expense of consumers.
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