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Volkswagen might soon have to recall more cars, as part of an investigation by Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). According to Reuters, the German 'Bild am Sonntag' newspaper reported that KBA had opened up an investigation to check whether a software update on their 1.2-litre engine cars, enabled them to cheat the emission tests.
The 1.2-litre engine is used on many of Volkswagen offerings, including the popular Polo hatchback. The Bild am Sonntag newspaper also reported that prosecutors were preparing charges against Volkswagen managers for suspected fraud. The Volkswagen managers, who were unnamed by the newspaper, noted that the company had assured that no illegal emission cheat devices were used in the 1.2-litre engine offerings.
The German car brand first admitted to using cheat devices on their cars in September 2015. Volkswagen admitted to using an illegal device to cheat in the emission tests conducted on their diesel engines by the US anti-pollution tests. This later resulted in the recall of thousands of cars in the USA, along with thousands more worldwide.
Currently, there are 370,000 cars under investigation in Europe alone. KBA is considering forcing 30,000 affected cars in Germany off the road. However, the newspaper stated that KBA might just order further remedial work instead.
Also, a Volkswagen spokesperson has stated that internal quality control for cars with the 1.2-litre diesel engines has revealed certain irregularities. The 1.2-litre diesel engine (model EA189) is currently being analysed. The spokesperson also added that the concerned authorities have been informed and VW was in continuous dialogue with them.
Germany's Transport Authority who overlooks the KBA stated that they are aware of the allegations. However, they are waiting for KBA, who are yet to conclude their investigation.
Thoughts On The Volkswagen Emission Scandal Recall
Volkswagen first admitted to cheating in the emission tests in 2015. The German carmaker admitted to using an illegal cheat device, which helped them pass the emission tests. Since then, Volkswagen has had to shell out millions of Euros and recall thousands of cars worldwide to pay for their damages.