Following the admission that around 1.1 million European Volkswagen Group vehicles could be fitted with the emissions ‘defeat’ device that was first discovered in the USA last month, the first moves have been taken to advise car owners as to whether their vehicle is affected.
Each of the four brands – Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT and Skoda – have set up websites that allow owners to check their VIN (vehicle identification number) against a database of known cars that are fitted with the ‘defeat’ device to the EA189 diesel engine. Each of the brands plan to recall the vehicles and gradually upgrade them, beginning in January 2016, but as yet little is known about what the modifications entail.
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It should be emphasised that this piece of software, known as a defeat device, is not dangerous and is not a safety issue. Owners should continue to drive their cars until more information is known. The latest TDI Euro-6 emissions compliant cars are not affected, and the same for petrol powered vehicles. As more news is released, Diesel Car will have all the latest updates.