Germany’s Auto Watchdog Orders Recall Of 127,000 Euro 6 Audi Diesel Vehicles Due To Discovery Of New Defeat Device Software

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The auto industry watchdog in Germany, KBA, has found illegal emissions control software in Audi’s newest Euro 6 diesel vehicle models, and has thus ordered a recall of ~127,000 vehicles.

As reported by the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, Audi has been given until February 2nd to submit plans to KBA regarding software updates for the emissions control systems of the vehicles in question.

Audi has responded by issuing a statement revealing that the models in question had already been part of a voluntary recall of 850,000 diesel vehicles announced in mid-2017.

“The engine control software for the vehicles in question will be completely revised, tested and submitted to the KBA for approval,” the statement from Audi read. Beyond that, Audi has stated that the announcement follows from cooperation with KBA.

“As part of this systematic and detailed assessment, the KBA has now also issued a notice regarding Audi models with V6 TDI engines,” the statement read.

Reuters provides more:

“In November, Audi announced a recall of 5,000 cars in Europe for a software fix after discovering they emitted too much nitrogen oxide, the polluting gas that parent Volkswagen concealed from US regulators in its devastating 2015 ‘diesel-gate’ scandal.”

“Volkswagen was found in 2015 to have illegally manipulated engine software so that vehicles would meet nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions standards in laboratory testing but not in real-world conditions, where they could emit up to 40 times the permitted levels. Several Audi models were affected and Audi has been accused in media reports of having devised the so-called defeat devices years earlier but not to have installed them in its vehicles at that time. Audi and Volkswagen have never commented on the matter.”

Given the way recent, similar news items were more or less swept under the rug in recent times, observers shouldn’t expect to see too much in the way of concrete repercussions here — the public seems to have mostly grown tired of the spectacle.

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