About 2.4 million Volkswagen diesels sold in Germany over the last seven years will be recalled under an order issued by the Berlin government Thursday.
The move marks the first official recall of vehicles that VW surreptitiously outfitted with software designed to meet emissions tests, even though those diesels would go on to produce far higher pollution levels in real world operation. VW has said it produced about 11 million such vehicles using its EA 189 engine.
The scam was revealed last month by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has yet to order a formal recall – though one is expected – in part because it has been working with VW to come up with an appropriate fix. The U.S. has some of the world’s most stringent diesel emissions standards. Complicating matters, it now appears the maker’s 2016 diesels may be using a different type of software code to evade emissions mandates.