The European Commission (EC) is concerned that software updates may damage diesel engines recalled by Volkswagen Group as part of the Dieselgate scandal, a German news magazine claims.
Volkswagen denies reports from Der Spiegel that the technical modifications would cause damage to any of the 1.2 million diesel cars which have received a software update to their pollution control systems.
Der Spiegel’s report is based on comments from unnamed staff at the EC, who are concerned by feedback from experts at the Vela emissions laboratory in northern Italy. The type of problems they claim to have encountered have not been specified.
A Volkswagen spokesman said: ‘The software update will have no adverse influences on [fuel] consumption or the durability of the engine and its components.’
The EC is now asking for guarantees that the technical fix will work.
A commission official told Reuters: ‘We need Volkswagen to guarantee, in a legally binding way, without any time limit, that the repairs will work and do not have any negative impact.’
Volkswagen points out that the diesel fixes were subject to comprehensive tests before being approved to ensure there would be no negative impact on engine components or emissions clean-up systems.
Out of 8.5 million vehicles in Europe affected by the Dieselgate scandal, nearly 6 million have been cleared for repair by KBA, Germany's motor vehicle authority. Approval by the KBA is recognised by all other EU countries.
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