Volkswagen India to Recall 3.23 Lakhs Emission Affected Cars

An official statement from the Volkswagen Group has been released in the market stating that the automaker will soon start the recalling process here in the country. It’s been almost an year now when the company’s vehicles were first found affected under the emission scandal. Some of the global markets like the US and South Korea have already forced the company to undergo the recall process. Finally, the Indian government has also come ahead and instructed the German auto giant to consider the local market as well.

The decision came out after a meeting that was held under the presence of all the related stakeholders and the research and development firm, the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). With the information available, the recall process will possibly start in a phased manner by the end of this month or early next month. It includes all the cars that are packed with a 1.2L, 1.5L, 1.6L and 2.0L EA 189 diesel motor as well as sold in the time period between 2008 and November 2015.  

Volkswagen said in a statement, “Approximately 323,700 cars of Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi in India are equipped with EA 189 diesel engines.” It also added, “Technical measures will be implemented at no cost to the customers.”

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As the reports suggest, about 3,23,700 units are going to be voluntarily scrutinized by the group which comprise 1,98,500 cars of Volkswagen brand and rest of the units will be of Audi and Skoda i.e. 88,700 and 36,500 respectively. In order to reach out to the car owners, the automaker will also commence an informing event with the help of its valuable dealerships.

Further conveyed, “Volkswagen Group India will first present the technical released solution to the Ministry of Heavy Industries and ARAI. Once approved by the competent authorities, the respective brands of the Volkswagen Group in India will carry out necessary actions in a stepwise manner. The existing installed software does not affect the handling, technical safety or roadworthiness of the cars.”

Among the list of engines, the 1.2-litre and 2.0-litre units are going to require software updates and the 1.5L will need both the hardware change as well as the software updates. The hardware changes we are talking here is a small plastic filter, which will be instituted inside the air intake. According to the reports, both the software and hardware are likely to be imported which means that the recall process might take some time to be completed.

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