18,018 UK-based Volkswagen Polos confirmed for recall; Skoda Fabia and Seat Ibiza models also due for work; latest recall follows that of the 2.0-litre diesel
15 August 2016

Volkswagen is recalling 460,000 cars fitted with its 1.2 TDI diesel engine, as it continues to make amends following the emissions scandal.

The remedial work was approved by Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority, the KBA.

The affected 1.2-litre engines, designated EA189, can be found in smaller VW Group cars. These include the Volkswagen Polo, of which 18,018 British-based cars will be recalled, as well as the Skoda Fabia and Seat Ibiza, with the total number of those models yet to be confirmed. Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted via letter, instructing them to take their to a local dealer for a software update at no charge.

This is the latest engine to be cleared for corrective work. Previous recalls have affected EA189 2.0 TDI engines, including those in the Passat and Passat CC, the Amarok pick-up and the Golf Bluemotion.

A third type of EA189 engine, the 1.6 TDI, will also be recalled once the KBA approves Volkswagen’s proposed fixes, which will involve both hardware and software changes.

The KBA has confirmed that the latest approved technical solution won’t affect fuel consumption levels, performance or noise. Volkswagen has said affected vehicles remain safe to drive before the software update is carried out and can continue to be used before a dealer appointment.

Volkswagen UK will now liaise with the DVLA to obtain contact details for the owners of affected cars and send out letters advising on what steps to take. Owners can then make an appointment at a Volkswagen dealer to have the work undertaken – a process that should take between 30 and 60 minutes. Courtesy cars will be provided if needed.

The Dieselgate scandal broke in September 2015 when Volkswagen was revealed to be using software to cheat emissions tests. Earlier this year the firm said it hoped to fix all 11 million affected cars by the end of the year, although CEO Matthias Müller said the recalls could roll into 2017.

Autocar has contacted Volkswagen UK to confirm the number of UK cars affected and will update this story accordingly.

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15 August 2016
and what exactly is this software change that only has positive effects?? Love to see test data before and after the change

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

15 August 2016
Everyone remember that FadyAdy drives a Chinese shitbox MG before he inevitably trolls in this thread.


15 August 2016
Winston Churchill wrote:

Everyone remember that FadyAdy drives a Chinese shitbox MG before he inevitably trolls in this thread.

This website is becoming worse than the gaming forums, in terms of the behaviour of the posters.

Citroëniste.

15 August 2016
This website is becoming worse than the gaming forums, in terms of the behaviour of the posters.[/quote]

Fully agree.

15 August 2016
Winston Churchill wrote:

Everyone remember that FadyAdy drives a Chinese shitbox MG before he inevitably trolls in this thread.

And you'd never do that, would you...?

15 August 2016
If I may be allowed to speak my mind and present a different viewpoint - a luxury unimaginable to the average myopic VW fanboy - why is a German authority allowed to rule in this matter? What is Brussels there for? Why don't they move the EU HQ to a German city? No wonder UK voted out of this totalitarian mess.

16 August 2016
and Winston is the worst troll on here, never offers anything constructive only slagging of other posters... i feel sorry for his family, if he has any that is.

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