Wider emissions recalls should be issued, German minister says image

Not only German automakers should agree on voluntary diesel recalls, but foreign makers as well, transport minister said to a local paper.

Following additional extensive tests made by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) to foreign and domestic carmakers, some of the biggest local ones have recently agreed to voluntary recall 630,000 over-polluting diesels to fix their emissions software. But the authorities’ inquiry also brought to light the fact that not only models from VW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz an Opel showed NOx irregularities, but cars from other foreign brands as well.

While KBA has the proper regulatory rules to order a recall of vehicles which have been granted with pan-European road certification in Germany, it has to cooperate with foreign officials to impose similar measures on cars that received authorization in other markets. Therefore, Germany is now engaged in talks with foreign regulators so more cars with high NOx levels could be recalled. “We are in contact with all the relevant authorities. I expect that they too will clamp down as we did, and demand recalls,” German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt told to the daily newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

Evidently, there is a possibility for foreign countries not to agree with Germany’s terms. In this case, the only approach is to go publically with the tests’ results, the minister threatens. “I will talk to my international colleagues. Should a voluntary recall fail, we will discuss the matter publicly”, he said to the paper.

Via Reuters