Another Volkswagen diesel engine is under investigation for possibly using the defeat device to cheat emissions tests.
The German automaker has admitted that another batch of Volkswagen diesel engines could have used a defeat device, and German news agency DPA is reporting the EA288 is under scrutiny by Volkswagen engineers as they look into the full extent of the issue. It is reported that the current EA288 engine that is compatible with EU6 emissions regulations is not suspected of using the software, but Volkswagen has admitted that “other generations of the EA288 are currently being examined.” That likely means the company is looking into the Volkswagen diesel engines that were compatible with EU5 regulations, sold from 2012-on in 1.6- and 2.0-liter sizes. It’s unclear how many additional vehicles could be affected if it is determined the EA288 also used a defeat device.
In related news, the U.K. Department for Transport has confirmed that it won’t issue a mandatory recall for cars affected by the German automaker’s scandal in the country. It will, however, continue to put pressure on Volkswagen to ensure the issue is resolved as quickly as possible and that owners in the U.K. can have the problems fixed.
Authorities in Germany are forcing Volkswagen to recall the 2.4 million cars that have the defeat device installed.
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