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Volkswagen is recalling cars in Ireland - starting with this Golf model

In Europe around 15,000 Golf cars affected with a manual gearbox are being called to workshops.

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GERMAN CAR MANUFACTURER Volkswagen has begun its recall of cars in Ireland, starting with the two litre Golf TDI Blue Motion model.

VW has started recalling the affected cars in Europe to replace the rogue software, known as “defeat devices” because they deliberately skew a car’s emissions when undergoing testing.

It announced that owners of Golf TDI models could start phoning in for re-fitting appointments at their local garage as from today.

In Europe around 15,000 Golf cars affected with a manual gearbox are being called to workshops. Further Volkswagen passenger car brand models will follow in the recall process.

The company says it has worked with Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority to approve a software fix for the devices.

In a statement, they say they are working to implement solutions for all models affected by the issue.

In Europe Volkswagen is exercising its right as a manufacturer to remedy defects. Volkswagen customers will not incur any costs as a result of these technical measures. Furthermore, as part of the recall process all customers will be offered appropriate replacement mobility options free of charge.

CEO Matthias Mueller says that the company has set aside €7.8 billion for repurchasing affected cars.

Volkswagen would emerge stronger from the current crisis, Mueller insisted, “because we have a solid position on the operational side. Because our financial substance is strong. Because we know what needs to be done. And because we will do whatever is necessary,” he said.

All customers affected have already received a first letter informing them about the recall measure and a second will ask vehicle owners to make a workshop appointment with a Volkswagen partner company of their choice.

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