The German automotive watchdog KBA has detected unlawful emission-control software in Audi’s latest Euro-6 diesel models and it has been reported that has recalled over 127,000 of its vehicles.
Audi, which is owned by Volkswagen, released a statement saying that these models were included in a voluntary recall of 850,000 diesel vehicles with V6 and V8 TDI engines announced back in July.
Audi said, “The engine control software for the vehicles in question will be completely revised, tested and submitted to the KBA for approval,”.
However, the automotive company did not confirm more details of KBA’s request.
Other media reports stated that KBA had warned Audi to respond on the company’s how it plans to update vehicle software controlling emissions, making sure the cars are unable to illegally manipulate emission controls by the 2nd of February.
Audi however says it has been working with the KBA and has been looking into its diesel-fuelled cars for possible irregularities for months.
The carmaker said, “As part of this systematic and detailed assessment, the KBA has now also issued a notice regarding Audi models with V6 TDI engines,”.
Audi recalled 5,000 cars in Europe, last year in November, for a software fix after discovering their cars emitted too much nitrogen oxide, the polluting gas that Volkswagen hid from US regulators in in the 2015 “dieselgate” scandal.
In 2015 Volkswagen was found to have illegally manipulated engine software of its vehicles would pass nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions standards tests in laboratories, however in reality the cars could emit up to 40 times the permitted levels.