German car manufacturer Volkswagen's Indian arm recalled 3,23,700 cars that are fitted with the controversial EA 189 diesel engines. The recall concerns affected cars sold by the Volkswagen Group in India under the brands Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda.
A statement from the company indicates approximately 1,98,500 cars from Volkswagen, 88,700 cars from Skoda and 36,500 cars from Audi sold in India from 2008 to December 2015 is equipped with the EA 189 engines. The engines -- 1.2-litre, 1.5-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre -- can be found in many popular models such as the VW Polo, Vento, Jetta, Passat, Skoda Fabia, Rapid, Yeti, Superb, Laura, Octavia and Audi A3, Q3, A4, Q5.
The company will submit the solution plan to the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Automotive Research Association of India(ARAI). Ones it gets green signal from the authorities, the company would start the recalling process. The recall would be free of cost to the customer and the existing installed will not compromise the safety of the car, company added.
The VW recall also made a record for being the biggest recall in India after Honda Cars India's recall of 223,578 cars over airbag inflator in September 2015. The Volkswagen Group currently is in the process of recalling 11 million cars globally after it was found using cheat device to illegally pass emission test in September.