The Federal Motor Transport
Authority (KBA) has come out with a timetable for Volkswagen to recall cars
affected by the emissions scam, a result of fraud manipulation by the German
car major. The Volkswagen Group will have to recall a total of approximately
8.5 million vehicles in Europe (EU28 markets), including some 2.4 million
vehicles in Germany, according to KBA. In a press statement, Volkswagen said it
welcomes the swift decision by the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) to
implement the timetable and plan of measures submitted last week by issuing a
recall. This decision gives customers clarity with regard to the continued
unrestricted use of the vehicles, the company said.
Outside the EU28, each
individual country will clarify in detail which emissions classes of the EA 189
engine are in fact affected.
Volkswagen will contact
customers and inform them direct. In addition, every Volkswagen customer, for
example, can visit the German website www.volkswagen.de/info
set up on October 2, 2015 and enter the chassis number of their vehicle to find
out straight away whether they are affected. Similar customer websites are
active in the other EU countries and for the Audi, Seat and Skoda brands.
The company stated that work
on the technical solutions detailed in the plan of measures is currently
proceeding at full speed. “Remedial action on the vehicles will begin in
January 2016 – at no cost to our customers. The technical solutions can involve
software as well as hardware measures. These are currently being developed for
each affected series and each affected model year. All measures will first be
presented to the responsible authorities. Volkswagen will subsequently inform
the owners of these vehicles over the next weeks and months,” the statement
Customers now have clarity
with regard to the continued unrestricted use of the vehicles. All of the
vehicles affected remain technically safe and roadworthy. The current successor
generation of EA 288 diesel engines (in use since 2012) is not affected, the
Source: Volkswagen Group / Motown India
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