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Volkswagen Australia announces recall for 61,000 dieselgate cars

Volkswagen Australia has announced a voluntary recall of around 61,000 VW and Skoda models implicated in the emissions-cheating scandal.

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Volkswagen announced yesterday it had received approval from the Federal Government for the recall, which has been designed to address the software controlling the 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre TDI engines. Owner of vehicles fitted with an EA189 diesel engine are being asked to bring their vehicle into VW for a software, and in some cases minor hardware, tweak, that is said to take no more than one hour, according to Volkswagen.

The most recent announcement brings the number of government-approved recalls up to 70,000, including the 9000 Amarok units announced earlier this year. Models implicated in the recall are the Golf, Passat, Jetta and first-generation Tiguan.

The fix, according to Volkswagen, is ready to be implemented into 35,000 vehicles, with the remainder set to receive a solution shortly. Volkswagen has confirmed that the engine’s power will remain unchanged from the fix.

Included in the fix is the addition of a new flow rectifier for the engine’s air mass sensor, designed to measure airflow with increased accuracy.

“Major progress has been made in this process,” Volkswagen Group Australia managing director Michael Bartsch said.

“Our confidence in this solution is based on the experience of thousands of Amarok owners in Australia and more than 1.7 million customers internationally who have had the update implemented. The type approval authorities in Europe conducted a review and certified that following the update, the fuel figures and Co2 emissions originally listed by the manufacturer were confirmed. Engine performance, maximum torque and noise emissions were unaffected.”

There are around 90,000 Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi vehicles implicated in the far-reaching dieselgate scandal, with the total world-wide figure standing at 11 million. To put this into perspective, Volkswagen Australia sold 60,000 new vehicles in Australia during 2015, and 55,000 in 2014. The dieselgate scandal is costing Volkswagen billions in fines, compensation and repairs in Australia and abroad.

You can check whether or not your VW model is involved in the recall by entering your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) at www.volkswagen.com.au, www.skoda.com.au, or www.volkswagen-commercial.com.au, or by calling 1800 504 076.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.