RECALL IN FRANCE: French automaker Renault will recall 15 000 cars after a government-appointed commission said its diesel engines failed pollution tests. Image: AFP / Loic Venance
Paris, France - Renault is recalling 15 000 vehicles before they go on sale to check engines, the French minister in charge of transport said on Tuesday (January 19 2016).
The recall follows the French automaker's pledge to cut harmful emissions.
Renault "has committed to recalling a certain number of vehicles, 15 000 vehicles, to check them and adjust them correctly so that the filtration system works" in all temperatures, Segolene Royal said on RTL radio.
Royal said: "New cars must meet the norms. To correctly adjust an engine takes half a day."
Renault promised Monday (January 18) to come up with a "technical plan" over coming weeks to bring down harmful emissions from its vehicles after a government-appointed commission said its diesel cars failed pollution tests.
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The commission, set up in the wake of the scandal engulfing Germany's Volkswagen, tested vehicles from a total of eight foreign and French brands, finding carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen dioxide emissions (NOx) from Renault cars to be too high, as well as those in some non-French models.
Renault sales director Thierry Koskas insisted the company was not cheating but acknowledged a problem had emerged between test and real road conditions.
Koskas said: "In test conditions, we respect emissions norms. But when we are no longer in test conditions, there is indeed a difference between real conditions and control conditions, that is a fact."