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.