Volkswagen has announced to recall 3,23,700 diesel cars in India that include models belonging to Skoda and Audi. As we all know that a few months ago, the automaker was found guilty in the Dieselgate Scandal in USA. Later, the company was accused of similar charges in India as well for which ARAI was investigating the matter. Since VW has failed the emission test in India, it has to recall the affected models and fix them at its own cost. For all those who don't know about it, these cars are fitted with a defeat device that manipulates emission levels.
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The defeat device has been fitted in the cars that carry EA 189 engines consisting of 1.2 litre, 1.5 litre, 1.6 litre and 2 litre units. Out of the total vehicles that have been recalled, 1,98,500 units belong to VW brand like Polo and Vento. Further, 88,700 belong to Skoda (including Octavia and Superb), whereas the remaining 36,500 units are from Audi like A3 and A4.
The recall procedure will be carried out in a phased manner by all the brands involved in the matter. First the customers will be contacted through their respective dealerships, and then the cars will be repaired and updated with correct softwares. However, the company will have to wait till the technical solution gets an approval by Ministry of Heavy Industries as well as ARAI. Even though the affected models don't include any petrol vehicle, still it's an alarming situation for the company as well as for the customers.
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