German automaker Audi has issued a massive recall to update the emission software to reduce the pollutants emitted. The recall has affected around three million vehicles in Europe and around 1,00,000 vehicles in Britain.
The recall is an attempt by Audi to avoid getting caught in the ban of diesel cars in the German cities after the Volkswagen emission scandal.
Audi has also issued a similar recall for vehicles fitted with six-cylinder and four cylinder diesel engines. The recall has affected around 8,50,000 vehicles mainly sold in Europe. The recall also includes Porsche and Volkswagen cars equipped with the same engines.
Audi stated that it does not have the exact data to determine how many of those diesel engines were fitted to the cars sold in Britain. An Audi spokesman said, "Audi intends to reduce overall emissions, especially in urban areas. We are convinced that this program will counteract possible bans on vehicles with diesel engines."
The software update on the diesel engines will take around an hour, and it will be carried out free of charge. Audi also stated that the recall was not directly related to the emission scandal.
Volkswagen Group's emission scandal has badly impacted all of its brands. Porsche is also facing the same issue in Germany. Now Audi also recalls its vehicles to fix the software which controls the emission.