Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. has announced a recall of nearly half a million diesel-powered vehicles due to an order by the government and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), citing software, known as a “defeat device,” was intentionally designed to circumvent environmental standards for emissions and smog tests.
Which VW & Audi models are affected by the recall?
Vehicles sold between 2009 and 2015 with a powered 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine with the designation, TDI.
- 2009 – 2015 VW Jetta
- 2009 – 2015 VW Beetle
- 2009 – 2015 VW Golf
- 2009 – 2015 VW Passat
- 2009 – 2015 Audi A3
What is the “defeat device” and how does it work?
The emissions software that turns on the “defeat device” is designed to modify when the car is being processed for testing purposes by environmental officers, and switches off when used in normal driving conditions by its owner.
Basically, VW is being accused of putting a cheat code in these model TDIs to conceal emissions of pollutants, in order to pass environmental standards. This evades clean air requirements and is a threat to public health, according to the EPA, and is a violation of the federal standard.
What do I do if my car is one of those affected?
All VW and Audi models affected are safe to drive and no immediate action is required. At some point owners will be notified and vehicles will be fixed at no charge.
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