Call back after VW exhaust gas scandal
Political pressure too big? That is behind the forced recall
dpa/Jan Woitas Despite the VW scandal, the automotive suppliers of Germany are confident.
Site editor Sebastian Viehmann
With safety -relevant recalls, car manufacturers can sometimes take their time for years – with exhaust gas software, everything should suddenly go very quickly. The federal government apparently also wants to take itself out of the line of fire.
In the Volkswagen exhaust gas scandal, the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) ordered the recall of 2.4 million diesel vehicles . This was said by a spokesman for the authority in Flensburg on Thursday. "We will monitor the recall", he announced.The KBA considers the software to be illegal in the affected diesel vehicles of the VW Group. The authority takes the view that it is a "inadmissible shutdown device acts", Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said in Berlin on Thursday. The politician said that 2.4 million vehicles are affected in Germany. Originally there was talk of 2.8 million vehicles in Germany – this number resulted from the original approvals. However, around 400 are now.000 cars no longer in Germany.
VW: "Intensive quality tests"
The new VW CEO Matthias Muller had initially promised a call back from January, which could take until the end of 2016 by the end of 2016. Previously, the Wolfsburg carmaker wanted "Intensive quality tests" make.
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The now announced Hauruck campaign is extremely unusual, Especially since it is not a security -relevant recall, but a software fraud with influence on exhaust gas behavior. It’s not about bustling airbags or fire -dangerous engines. Due to VW’s exhaust gas trickery, and are never endangered by vehicle inmates.How long car manufacturers can take time for a recall – even with those that are classified as safety -relevant – was last seen using the example of a BMW recall due to defective airbags.In a way, this is also understandable, because it is always weighed between the possible danger for the driver (in the case of defective takata airbags at least in German latitudes) and the costs for a large-scale recall campaign.
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So if the Federal Motor Transport Authority at the VW scandal presses so massively onto the tube, the suspicion is obvious, that this happens primarily towards political pressure. And with it the federal government wants to take itself out of the line of fire. Because in a report to the EU Commission, this has already indirectly admitted that at least since 2014 it knows from the strong deviation of many EUR 6 diesel car emissions values.
Less KBA, more NHTSA and EPA?
According to many experts, the real problem was and is that the KBA does not – like in the USA – check compliance with exhaust gas limit values or consumption values. Jurgen Resch, head of German environmental aid, is one of the critics of common practice. The "official recall of all vehicles manipulated by VW will be legally forced from the Federal Motor Transport Authority", Resch had already announced a week ago.In the United States, the environmental authority EPA and the traffic safety authority NHTSA generally control the car manufacturers much more and with sensitive punishments. In addition, consumers can be compensated, for example if cars consume too much fuel . In Germany this was not yet possible in this form.The KBA could not be reached for a statement on Thursday.
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