Volkswagen Group is issuing a recall over faulty braking issues with 7,66,000 vehicles globally which were sold from 2008 to 2010 under Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda brands. The recall has been done to fix a faulty braking system which has happened after an update to the system done by the company before the fault occurred. Out of the vehicles being recalled, the carmaker is recalling 2.88 lakh vehicles in Germany. However, a more recent report from mention publication stated that just after five days of the recall, around 3.85 lakh cars were affected.
The faulty updates may result in the failure of the ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) which can be fixed using a software update. The VW Group, however, hasn't released any official statement over the fault, but a German automotive industry publication KFZ-Betrieb reports that it is a thermomechanical overload in the control unit for the ABS and ESP.
The cars affected include the Caddy, Eos, Golf, Golf Plus, Jetta, and the Scirocco from under the Volkswagen moniker manufactured from May 2008 to August 2010. Skoda's Octavia and Superb that were produced between June 2008 and June 2009 will be recalled. Audi will recall the A3 that was made in 2009. The company will inform the owners of the affected cars from 17th July and no extra cost will be charged from them.
This is not the first time Volkswagen Group has had a recall due to a 'defeat device' that enabled its cars to pass the emissions test. The device turned on only when a car was idling for the emissions test but during regular running, it would turn off thereby increasing emissions. In India, over 3.4 lakh vehicles are affected where a derivative of the defeat device was used in 13 models from the VW Group's different brands that sell cars in the country.