Sunday 4 December 2016

Germany recalls 2.4m VW cars

Published 16/10/2015 | 02:30

A mandatory recall of Volkswagen cars has been ordered by Germany's motor transport agency (AP)
A mandatory recall of Volkswagen cars has been ordered by Germany's motor transport agency (AP)

German automotive watchdog KBA has ordered Volkswagen to recall 2.4m vehicles in the country after Europe's biggest carmaker admitted to cheating on emissions tests for diesel vehicles.

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"We are ordering the recall," a spokesman for the motor transport authority said, confirming a report by German daily newspaper 'Bild'.

Volkswagen installed software in diesel vehicles to deceive US regulators about the true level of their toxic emissions. In Ireland about 80,000 cars were affected.

The carmaker has said it aims to start a recall of affected cars in January and complete fixes by the end of 2016, but 'Bild' said the KBA had rejected the idea that owners could voluntarily bring in their vehicles. Volkswagen said it had not received any orders from the KBA.

The carmaker is under pressure to identify those responsible for the wrongdoing and fix up to 11m affected diesel vehicles. (Reuters)

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