The KBA federal transport authority in Germany is forcing the Volkswagen Group to recall a total of 2.4 million cars in the country. Needless to say, all these vehicles are equipped with the EA189 diesel engines and are not just from the Volkswagen core brand, but also from SEAT, Skoda and Audi. According to the German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt, Volkswagen has been ordered to initiate the mandatory recall process at the beginning of next year.
Initially, Volkswagen announced a voluntary recall but now they are being forced to fix these cars and chances are the repair process will be done quicker this way, but obviously will cost VW more compared to the voluntary recall as in that case not all the owners would have brought their cars to receive the software (and in some cases hardware) fix.
Volkswagen has announced this week they will recall a total of around 8.5 million cars sold in Europe in these past few years with the 1.2 TDI, 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI engines part of the EA189 family and some of these motors were also installed on models from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles that will also be the subject of this huge recall process which will cost the company some serious cash.