The emissions scandal is far from over for the Volkswagen Group. Last month, the company had admitted that as much as 11 million diesel Volkswagen and Audi vehicles are experiencing irregularities in the software system that can readily cheat an official emissions test by running the emissions controls system at full capacity during the test itself. When it isn’t undergoing testing, the emissions control system on board the affected vehicles would then shut off most of its functions, causing the vehicles to emit 40 times more pollution than what is allowed by the Clean Air Act and state regulations. And while it is already facing investigations and lawsuits in the United States, it seems Volkswagen may also be asked to recall some of their vehicles from other parts of the world.
In South Korea, Reuters reports that the Volkswagen South Korean unit has already informed the government of the possibility of recalling as much as 120,000 vehicles in the country due to emissions issue. Moreover, the government will reportedly decide on what possible actions to take against the auto giant by November. Meanwhile, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has also said that Volkswagen may be slapped with a fine in millions of dollars should it be proven that consumers in Australia were also misled with the company’s former low emissions claims.
In Ireland, Volkswagen has said that there are almost 80,000 affected vehicles in the country. Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that German prosecutors are currently investigating whether the auto maker had committed criminal fraud.
In response to the worsening situation, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Chief Executive Officer Dr. Herbert Diess has issued a statement, saying that they are already “working at full speed on a technical solution.”