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VW and Govt. officials to decide on possible recalls

Snapshot: Volkswagen India executives and Govt. officials to meet and decide if the manufacturer would need to issue a recall.

A meeting today between the government officials and Volkswagen Group India executives will determine if the automaker has to recall 3.2 lakh vehicles in India. It is likely that all cars that are powered by EA189 diesel engine family might be recalled. It will be confirmed through an announcement that will be made after the meeting.  

The government body ARAI that was entrusted with the investigations has found variations of up to 5-6 times more than the permissible pollutants levels. VW India has so far not commented on the issue but will most likely inform of the measures that it would take after meeting ARAI officials and ministry of heavy industries.

If the recall is made, it would be the largest ever exercise in India in cars from three brands would be affected (2.1 lakh Volkswagens, 80,000 Skodas and about 30,000 Audis). The number of recalls made so far in India has crossed million units so far. The largest recall till date has been issued by Honda Cars India to replace faulty airbag inflators in their cars that were manufactured between 2003-2012.        

About 11 million diesel cars are affected with the software that hides on-road emissions that were five to 40 times more than the required standard. European regulators have allowed VW to fix the engines. Since the homologation process in India is similar, most likely the same procedure will be followed here too. The 2.0 litre engines will most likely be fixed by software updates, while the midsize 1.5 litre engine will require software as well as hardware upgrade and therefore would require about an hour’s time to fix.

Source: The Economic Times

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