Volkswagen To Recall 323,700 Cars In India Over Emission Scandal

Dec 02, 2015 03:10 PM EST | John Nassivera


Volkswagen continues to face issues involving emission tests, as it is now recalling about 323,700 cars in India while the government investigates diesel vehicles made with emission cheating software.

The German automaker is not the only car maker involved in the probe, as India is testing cars made by Audi and Skoda with similar technology, according to Bloomberg. The move follows a month after the government said it sent VW a show-cause notice after tests by the Automotive Research Association of India showed noticeable differences between on-road tests and tests done in laboratories.

It was first revealed in September that VW had given some of its cars software that lets them emit less pollutants in tests than on the roads.

Results of the scandal include over 350 lawsuits involving the issue pending in U.S. courts, a $12.3 million in fines for South Korea and having to recall over 125,000 diesel cars in the country, and the California Air Resources Board ordering the company to recall all cars sold in the state that used the software.

VW said in a statement that it will present a solution to the Ministry of Heavy Industries and ARAI for approval, adding that the recall will be done in phases and that it would update the software.

Ambuj Sharma, additional secretary in the ministry, said that the automaker may start the recall sometime this month and begin with "different engines, different models, different schedules," The Economic Times reported. He added that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) will decide on whether to take any punitive action against VW.

"We are asking MoRTH (ministry of road transport and highways) to do it, because under the Motor Vehicles Act and Rules there is a set procedure for that," Sharma said.

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