Saturday 1 October 2016

Website for Volkswagen owners in Ireland goes live

Website to tell owners if their car is to be recalled or not

Published 05/10/2015 | 18:05

Those logging on are asked to key in their vehicle’s registration, and verify they own the vehicle.
Those logging on are asked to key in their vehicle’s registration, and verify they own the vehicle.

AFTER a weekend of intense testing, the website that will tell Volkswagen Group Ireland owners if their car is to be recalled or not has just gone live.

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The site, www.campaigncheck.ie, allows every owner of a Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda or SEAT to see if their vehicle is affected by the recall.

Those logging on are asked to key in their vehicle’s registration, and verify they own the vehicle.

If their vehicle is affected they are told the company will contact them in due course. They are also given a number of someone to speak with.

VW say almost 80,000 Irish-bought cars and vans are affected and they are still working on the number of imports which could reach 30,000 – meaning the overall number could be 110,000.

Exact details of the models and numbers of home-bought and imports are still being worked out.

The decision to set up a registration-based website was taken because it is viewed here as being more straightforward than the VIN (vehicle identification number) system which went live in the UK yesterday.

In a preface to the new site, Volkswagen chief Lars Himmer says: “Even if it is necessary to correct the emissions characteristics of a vehicle, the vehicle is still technically safe to drive and roadworthy before the correction has been carried out. “ Mr Himmer tells owners the company is trying “”everything necessary to win back the trust of our customers, partners and the public”.

He also reveals they are still working to find a solution and says customers will be informed about whatever actions are decided on as soon as possible.

He adds: “We would like to emphasise that new vehicles with EU6 engines currently available are not affected, nor any petrol models and V6 TDI and V8 TDI models.”

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