VW UNDER-FIRE: The US Environmental Protection Agency has accused Volkswagen of installing software on nearly 500 000 diesel cars in the US to evade federal emission regulations. The automaker is set to recall affected vehicles. Image: AFP/ Scott Olson
Berlin - Volkswagen said Monday (April 25) it was postponing a recall of tens of thousands of vehicles to remove a device designed to cheat pollution tests, after failing to obtain regulatory approval for the repair.
A VW spokesman told AFP: "The recall for Passats was planned for the ninth calendar week and to date our vehicles are still undergoing checks at the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA)."
Failed to obtain approval
The spokesman said: "The KBA is still not completely satisfied with some measures and requiring new information." He added that it was hoping that the recall approval could come "in coming weeks".
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VW has so far also failed to obtain an approval for the recall of its popular Golf models.
Volkswagen was forced to recall vehicles around the world after it admitted it had installed so-called "defeat devices" aimed at cheating emissions tests into 11-million diesel engines worldwide.
In Europe alone, some 8.5-million vehicles are to due to be sent back to workshops.
VW has set aside €16.2-billion ($18.2 billion) to meet the heavy cost of repairs, as well as of regulatory fines and lawsuits, sinking it into a bottom-line loss of €1.582-billion in 2015, its first loss since 1993.