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Volkswagen emissions fix approved by Federal Motor Transport Authority

November 26, 2015

The story continues for Volkswagen Group, with the latest news circled around a fix for the 1.6- and 2.0-litre TDI engines that have been fitted with emissions cheating devices.

Volkswagen EA 189 emissions fix

Volkswagen has presented a fix for the ‘EA 189’ engines in question to the Federal Motor Transport Authority in Europe, and the plans have been approved. The company says this will fix the majority of the vehicles affected.

Specifically, a “low transformer” needs to be fitted directly in front of the air mass sensor on the 1.6 engine. This mesh setup is designed to calm swirling air in front of the sensor, allowing it to register a more accurate measurement. Along with the installation of this, a software update is required. This fix will take under one hour to complete, VW says.

For the 2.0 TDI engines, it only needs a software update, the company says. It will require about 30 minutes for VW technicians to perform. Once these changes are made the engines then pass all required emissions in EU28 markets. VW of America and Canada have different protocols.

Volkswagen says these fixes were developed with a main focus on “customer-friendliness”, with the aim to implement the changes in the first recall from January 2016. All measures in the course of the recall for all engines will extend over the entire year. In a statement, Volkswagen said;

“In addition, Volkswagen will contact all customers and endeavour to consider individual customer needs during the implementation of these measures to avoid any disadvantages for the customer such as possible curbing of their mobility.”

A fix for the 1.2-litre TDI three-cylinder is still being sorted, with a plan set to be presented to the FMTA at the end of this month. Audi, SEAT, and Skoda brands will be announcing similar measures for their vehicles fitted with the same engines.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.