NGT Takes Volkswagen India To Task Over Delay In Vehicle Recall
By Carandbike Team
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Published on February 18, 2017
- NGT has asked the company to submit a plan for the vehicle recall
- The green court also stated its intention to impose a punitive fine
- Nearly 3.14 lakh affected VW vehicles are still plying on Indian roads
Last year in September, the Ministry of Heavy Industries had requested the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) to determine if Volkswagen was selling the same models in India that had been found to be violation of environmental norms in the US. ARAI discovered a significant discrepancy in the on-road emission levels of the vehicles and the laboratory measurements. In its defence, VW said ARAI had approved the redesigned software for only 70 per cent of the 3.14 lakh affected vehicles in India. Countering that argument, ARAI said Volkswagen had proffered redesigned software for only 70 per cent of its affected vehicles. The agency added that the carmaker was yet to submit the reconditioned software for the left over vehicles.
In a statement, the company reiterated its stance that its cars were in fact in compliance with BS IV emission norms. The statement read, "We are in the process of implementing voluntary recall of vehicles fitted with EA 189 diesel engines in India. We are cooperating with the concerned agencies and putting our best endeavours to conclude the recall process soon. We have received approvals for 13 out of 16 types of vehicles that are eligible for the voluntary recall."
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