Autocar India has reported that Volkswagen India will issue a recall for over 3,20,000 cars to fix the defeat device software. The company will use the same fix as the ones used in Europe for all the EA189 series engines. The recall will affect around 2,10,000 VWs, around 80,000 Skoda’s and over 30,000 Audi’s.
The company initially said on October 30 that all vehicles in the customers’ hands remain technically safe and roadworthy”, however Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) found out that the the NOx emissions are nine times the prescribed limit. The company will recall the cars in a phased manner from January next year.
The fix for 2.0-litre TDI engine will be a software fix and will take less than half an hour. The 1.6 litre engine will require a “flow transformer” added to the engine. This is a mesh that calms the swirled air flow in front of the air mass sensor and will thus decisively improve the measuring accuracy of the air mass sensor. The air mass sensor determines the current air mass throughput, which is a very important parameter for the engine management for an optimum combustion process. This process will take about an hour at the servie station. Volkswagen is yet to find a solution to the 1.2-litre engine, but expects it to be a software fix as well.
The company admitted to using the software which helps get past the emissions test was fitted on 11 million vehicles globally. It included 5 million Volkswagen-branded cars are affected as well as 2.1 million Audis, 1.2 million Skodas, 700,000 Seats, and 1.8 million light commercial vehicles. THe scandal that broke cover on 18th September erased about 1/3rd valuation of the German carmaker.
Meanwhile, National Green Tribunal has sent a notice to the Government of India seeking a ban on the sale of Volkswagen vehicles stating, “Vehicles manufactured and sold by Volkswagen have been polluting the environment in blatant and utter disregard to government regulations thereby endangering the lives of millions of people who are being forced to inhale poisonous fumes and suffer extreme misery on account of ill health.”