Volkswagen to Recall 8.5 Million Diesels in Europe

By Christian Stampfer on 15 October 2015
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DSC_0657 (1)MUNICH – The Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt or Federal Motor Transport Authority announced the recall of 2.4 million diesel-powered vehicles in Germany on Thursday. Volkswagen said it would recall a total of 8.5 million vehicles in Europe in 28 markets served, including the 2.4 million in its home market.

The move follows the revelation last month that Volkswagen deceived regulators and customers in the United States and Europe about the level of emissions coming from its diesel-powered automobiles by installing so-called defeat devices that detected when an emissions test is being performed and adjusted the car’s performance to pass the test.

The recall involves cars with Volkswagen’s older EA 189 diesel engine. The current generation engine, EA 288, in use in some vehicles since 2012, is not impacted by the recall.

Volkswagen said it had already presented a “plan of measures” to the KBA and is working on implementing the solutions covered in the plan. The Wolfsburg-based automaker said it would start vehicle repairs in Germany in January 2016 at no cost to customers and that the repair may involve both software and hardware solutions, depending on the year and model.

The automaker will be contacting customers in the coming weeks with vehicle-specific information.

“Customers now have clarity with regard to the continued unrestricted use of the vehicles,” the automaker said in a statement. “All of the vehicles affected remain technically safe and roadworthy.”

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