Volkswagen to recall 3.23 lakh cars in India

Volkswagen to recall 3.23 lakh cars in India

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Emission Scandal-struck German automaker, Volkswagen would recall a total of 3.23 lakh cars in India after a government-ordered probe found that the company using diesel engines is equipped with a defeat device that help cheat emission tests, just like it happened in US and other global markets.

A senior government executive said,

The company will voluntarily recall 3.23 lakh vehicles which have been fitted with the E189 engines that are equipped with defeat device

A meeting was called between the Volkswagen executives and officials of the Department of Heavy Industries on Tuesday (1-Dec-2015) after the submission of report by apex automotive testing agency ARAI.

ARAI  Automotive Research Association of India) found out that the diesel cars manufactured in India by Volkswagen having E189 engine were fitted with the “defeat device“, which leads to excess nitrogen oxide emission levels in on-road vehicles.

Company officials who attended the meeting declined to comment but said a statement would be issued.

Volkswagen has already admitted that 11 million diesel engine cars worldwide were fitted with the software (defeat device) that helped in manipulating emission tests. The company faces a fine of up to USD 18 billion in the United States.

Automobile manufacturers have been recalling vehicles on safety issues since industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) initiated a voluntary policy in July 2012.

Till now over 13.25 lakh vehicles have been recalled by various manufacturers in India so far.

Source: ET Auto

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