Volkswagen Group recalls 3.23 Lakh Vehicles in India Fitted with emission cheating software on the EA189 1.2, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel engines
The recall is at an approximation of 3,23,700 cars fitted with 1.2, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0-litre EA189 diesel engines manufactured and retailed between 2008 and November 2015. Volkswagen devised a communication program that will help reaching out customers owning cars powered by the EA 189 engines across its group brands.
This would affect 1,98,500 units of Volkswagen cars, 88,700 Skoda and 36,500 Audi vehicles fitted with the EA189 diesel engines programmed to emit nitrogen oxide up to 40 times above the standard norms with the emission cheating software. Whilst solution for the 1.2-litre diesel engine is still being developed, the 1.5-litre diesel engines used in India are derived from the 1.6-litre units thus enormously increased the number of recalls.
The 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines with technical modifications have already been handed over to the KBA authority in Germany for approval. Volkswagen says these measures will help in bringing emissions under control on most of the vehicles affected by the ongoing scandal worldwide.
The German manufacturer has employed a new flow transformer to calm air flow around the air mass sensor will be fitted on the EA189 1.6-litre diesel engines. The sensor determines air mass and helps to regulate the flow during internal combustion process. In addition, a software update will be implied to substantially lower down the emission produced by the vehicle. The duration for all these fixes are predicted to consume only less than two hours.
Meanwhile, the EA189 2.0-litre diesel engines will be applied with a software update to restrain emission levels beyond control. This technical fix should take less than half an hour to complete.
The emission cheat scandal surfaced in September when VW admitted it had manipulated U.S. mandatory tests by EPA(Environmental Protection Agency) who issued a second notice of violation on November 3rd. Volkswagen is doing everything they can to appease customers and regain the lost trust in the foreign market.