Belfast Telegraph

Volkswagen recalls up to 110,000 cars in Ireland over diesel emissions scandal

Volkswagen is recalling up to 110,000 cars in Ireland over the diesel emissions scandal, the motor giant has revealed.

Some 80,000 vehicles have already been identified through authorised dealers as being affected.

As many as 30,000 more which were imported into the country could be recalled, the company has admitted.

Volkswagen said car-owners would be contacted over the coming weeks and months.

"Affected customers will be contacted, with details of a process to get their vehicles corrected in the near future," a spokesman said.

"In the meantime, all vehicles are technically safe and roadworthy."

Retailers are being given the affected vehicle identification numbers so they can contact customers who need to bring their cars back.

An online "self-serve" website is also being set up to allow owners check through their vehicle identification number or registration plate if they have been hit by the scandal.

Of the already identified cars in Ireland, 34,387 are Volkswagen, 16,485 are Audi and 4,365 are Seat.

Another 16,004 are Skoda, while 8,107 Volkswagen commercial vehicles are to be recalled.

"The number of affected used vehicles imported is still under clarification," a Volkswagen spokesman added.

"This number could be up to an additional 30,000 cars."

In the UK, Volkswagen has suspended the sale of 4,000 vehicles which contain the EA 189 engines, and which are fitted with software that was used to con emissions testers in the US.

The company has announced plans to contact 1.2 million VW owners in Britain to arrange for their vehicles to be "corrected".

The scandal began in the US, where the Environmental Protection Agency said 482,000 Volkswagen vehicles were fitted with sophisticated defeat device software, which switches engines to a cleaner mode when they are undergoing official testing.

Once on the road, the cars produced nitrogen oxide pollutants at up to 40 times the legal standard.

VW has admitted that 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with the software.

Motoring research charity, the RAC Foundation, said drivers were concerned about what effect the software had had on their cars, and what impact the recall would have on performance.

The organisation's director Steve Gooding commented: "Slowly but surely the true impact of this deceit is being revealed."


From Belfast Telegraph