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Is your car affected by the emissions scandal? You'll soon be able to check online

You’ll need your car’s Vehicle Identification Number.

Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Updated 8.09pm

SCANDAL-HIT VOLKSWAGEN HAS opened a webpage for customers to check if their diesel vehicle is fitted with a device aimed at cheating pollution tests.

The company added that it would inform the authorities about technical solutions and measures to fix the problem, and customers would also be duly informed.

“We are wasting no time,” said Volkswagen on its German webpage www.volkswagen.de/info where customers can enter your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to check if their car is affected.

Similar pages are to be integrated into Volkswagen’s websites serving other countries, the firm says. It’s understood the Irish website will be launched early next week.

Volkswagen has admitted that up to 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide are fitted with devices that can switch on pollution controls when they detect the car is undergoing testing.

They then switch off the controls when the car is on the road, allowing it to spew out harmful levels of emissions.

The global scam has wiped more than 40 percent off Volkswagen’s market capitalisation.

It announced yesterday that 80,000 cars in Ireland are due to be recalled.

In a statement, Volkswagen Group Ireland said affected customers will be contacted in the “near future” with details of a process to get their vehicles corrected.

“In the meantime, all vehicles are technically safe and roadworthy,” the company said.

The recall will involve 34,387 Volkswagen passenger cars, 16,485 Audi cars, 4,365 SEAT cars and 16,004 Skoda cars.

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