Volkswagen is set to begin recalling nearly 2,000 diesel vehicles in China, marking the beginning of its efforts to remove “defeat device” software on more than 11 million VW and Audi cars worldwide.
What’s the problem?
October 13, 2015 – The Chinese recall applies to 1,946 imported Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs and 4 Passat B6 sedans, according to Sky News. VW has acknowledged that it is still working on a technical solution to remove the defeat devices, and that China has not yet given approval for the proposed fix. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced last week that it had given Volkswagen until November 20 to come up with a solution and plan to refit the affected vehicles.
The software was discovered last month after independent researchers questioned the vehicles’ emissions levels, prompting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate the matter. The scandal has severely affected Volkswagen’s reputation and forced the resignation of its CEO, Martin Winterkorn.
VW was forced to apologize after it was discovered that the automaker had fitted its vehicles with the defeat devices, which are designed to switch to a lower emissions mode when the cars are being tested to achieve more favorable results. This means that many people have purchased vehicles that are far less environmentally friendly than they were led to believe.