Volkswagen recalls Touaregs and Porsches in latest hit to reputation – The Guardian

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2016

Volkswagen is recalling 800,000 vehicles due to a suspected problem with the pedals, dealing another blow to the beleaguered German carmaker.

VW has issued the alert after internal checks found a fastener in the pedal system could become loose. The company is recalling 391,000 of its Volkswagen Touareg sports utility vehicles (SUV) and 409,477 Porsche Cayennes, which is also an SUV. This includes 14,600 Porsches in the UK, although the number of Cayennes has not been confirmed.

The fault involves cars made between 2011 and 2016. The company has said it will contact customers affected by the problem, which can be fixed in less than half an hour. “This is a purely precautionary measure, as there have been no reports of accidents or injuries as a result of this concern,” Porsche, which is controlled by VW, said in a statement.

VW is still struggling to recover from the diesel emissions scandal that has affected sales and already cost the company billions of euros. The carmaker has admitted installing defeat devices in 11m vehicles to cheat diesel emissions tests. As a result, it faces the prospect of having to pay out fines and compensation to customers.

VW has set aside €6.7bn (£5.2bn) to cover the costs of the scandal. However, VW has warned this might not be enough and has delayed the publication of its annual results in order to establish the impact of the affair. VW is scheduled to release its annual report on April 28.

US courts have given the company another month to present detailed plans about how to fix 584,000 American cars involved in the scandal. The company had initially been set a deadline of Thursday to develop a solution that was technologically feasible and acceptable to the Environmental Protection Agency.

However, the senior US district court judge Charles Breyer has now extended that to 21 April, after VW updated the court on its plans. “I would hope by the 21st that as many outstanding issues as possible will be wrapped up,” he said in San Francisco.

The defeat devices allowed VW’s vehicles to limit the amount of nitrogen oxide they emitted in laboratory tests. However, once the car was on the open road it emitted up to 40 times the legal limit. The fix that VW is working on is designed to bring down the emissions to legal limits without the defeat device.

The US Department of Justice is suing VW over the scandal, claiming it caused harmful air pollution and violated clean air laws.

In a statement, VW said: “Volkswagen is committed to resolving the US regulatory investigation into the diesel emissions matter as quickly as possible and to implementing a solution for affected vehicles, as we work to earn back the trust of our customers and dealers and the public. We continue to make progress and are co-operating fully.”

If VW cannot reach an agreement with regulators about a fix for the vehicles then it could be forced to buy them back from customers.


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