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Sunday 4 December 2016

Volkswagen to recall 110,000 diesel cars here

The Volkswagen group said that individual customers will be contacted about what it called its
The Volkswagen group said that individual customers will be contacted about what it called its "action plan to correct the emissions characteristics of certain diesel vehicles"

Up to 110,000 car owners here will have to bring their cars to dealerships for 're-tuning' as a result of the Volkswagen emissions scandal recall.

The Volkswagen group said that individual customers will be contacted about what it called its "action plan to correct the emissions characteristics of certain diesel vehicles".

The recall includes 34,387 Volkswagen cars, 16,485 Audis, 4,365 Seat vehicles, 16,004 Skodas, as well as 8,107 Volkswagen commercial vehicles - bringing the total to 79,348.

Owners of 30,000 imported cars will also be affected. The company said it will soon be writing to owners to arrange to have the work carried out on the vehicles.

"Affected customers will be contacted, with details of a process to get their vehicles corrected in the near future," a representative for Volkswagen said. "In the meantime, all vehicles are technically safe and roadworthy."

In Ireland, a website for all brands based on registration numbers is planned to cover domestic sales and used imports.

The Irish recall comes almost two weeks after the scandal first broke in the US when researchers discovered that a 'cheat device' in software was deceiving testers into thinking the cars were much greener than they were.

Tests

The company said it will need at least several months to complete an investigation into the rigging of emissions tests on diesel vehicles, pushing back an extraordinary general meeting scheduled for next month.

Volkswagen Ireland managing director Lars Himmer is to meet Environment Minister Alan Kelly to discuss the controversy. Contrary to reports, Mr Himmer responded immediately to a request for an 'urgent' meeting though the exact date has yet to be decided.

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has said he and Minister Kelly will meet with Volkswagen bosses shortly to tell them their firm's behaviour has been "unacceptable".

Mr Donohoe said he wants to hear from Volkswagen directly about their plans to honour the commitments made to Irish owners.

It was subsequently discovered that some of the 482,000 US cars affected had NOx emissions up to 35 times greater than the company claimed.

The recall will require work on the software, and possibly the hardware, in cars with EA 189 engines.

These have been found, in the US, to be capable of recognising when they were being tested and switching to burning fuel more cleanly and reducing emissions of dangerous NOx toxins.

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