Volkswagen Group India has said that it will soon begin the recall process of cars fitted with default EA 189 engines sold in India over the years. The company said that it has got approvals for updating the first sets of cars with 2.0 litre and 1.5 litre EA 189 diesel engines and will initiate the activity soon.
In response to a FE query, a group spokesperson in India said, “Volkswagen Group announced a voluntary recall of cars with EA 189 engines sold in India. This was to be done to be in line with the latest technical updates on the EA 189 diesel engines announced by Volkswagen AG for the European markets.”
“Volkswagen Group India has now received the first approvals for updating the first sets of cars with 2.0-litre and 1.5-litre EA 189 diesel engines and will initiate the activity soon.
The customers, whose cars are scheduled in the first phase of updates, will soon be contacted directly through their respective brand representatives, or their dealers, regarding when they should visit the workshop for the required technical updates,” the spokesperson said.
The 2.0-litre diesel engines will get a software update. The 1.5-litre diesel engines will get a software update and an “air straightener” that will be fitted in front of the air mass sensor, the statement further added.
Following the biggest and infamous ‘dieselgate scandal’ expose last year, the Indian arm of European auto giant in December announced the recall of 323,700 cars.
In India the company not only agreed to cooperate with government authorities as well as ARAI, but also recalled close to 390 Polos for inspection and precautionary repair of the handbrake.