Volkswagen says 1.2 million UK cars involved in emissions scandal

Matt Brian
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Matt Brian
September 30, 2015 7:17 AM
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Volkswagen says 1.2 million UK cars involved in emissions scandal

After confirming that it will spend more than 6.5 billion euros (£4.8 billion) to fix the 11 million vehicles affected by its diesel emissions scandal, Volkswagen has come clean over how many of those are in the UK. The company says a total of 1,189,906 British cars with EA 189 EU5 engines will be recalled in the coming weeks and is in the process of contacting affected customers about what they need to do. It also plans to create a "self-serve process" for owners to check if their car is impacted by the issue, but notes that all of its vehicles are "technically safe and roadworthy" in the meantime.

If you missed what happened, the US Environmental Protection Agency recently found that the car maker was using a "defeat device" or software trick that could detect when a car was being tested and automatically enable its emissions control systems. When it returns to normal mode, the diesel car would then output high levels of nitrogen oxide, which contributes to high air pollution and causes respiratory issues.

The affected cars aren't all Volkswagen-branded, though. Almost half of them (588,114) are, but 393,450 Audi, 76,773 SEAT and 131,569 Skoda vehicles were found to be using the so-called cheat device. Cars with EU6, V6 TDI and V8 TDI engines aren't affected (as well as all petrol models). The company hopes to ready its "technical solutions" and share them with "responsible authorities" before the end of October, so if you find out that your car needs to be retuned, you might not have to wait too long to get it sorted.

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