LONDON, October 21. Volkswagen announced the recall almost 3 million cars with engines of 1.6 liters with the markets of Europe. The reason for this was the need for changes in the engines because of the scandal with the use of software that allows you to bypass American environmental regulations.
“Engines of 1.6 liters will require adaptation of the design, whereas for larger engines and a smaller working volume just a software fix,” gave Reuters a statement from the auto giant. Volkswagen earlier reported about the recall in Europe about 8.5 million cars with diesel engines. Modification of all affected cars, the carmaker plans to complete by the end of 2016.
Volkswagen was at the center of a scandal after the discovery in the car group with diesel engines software that allows you to bypass strict ecological standards of the USA. The investigation into the auto giant launched in several countries in Europe and Asia. As noted in the statement by Volkswagen, the problem of falsifying data environmental tests on the content of harmful substances in exhaust gases of vehicles affected to 11 million cars worldwide.
We are talking about the device that includes the full capacity of the exhaust system only during appropriate inspection machine. During normal car operation, the system is partially disabled. Thus, during the test is not fixed, for example, the level of nitrogen dioxide emissions, which can cause asthma attacks and other respiratory diseases.
In connection with the incident, the head of the concern Martin Winterkorn resigned from his post, and German prosecutors launched an investigation into his activities.