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5,087 VW cars with data-falsifying software identified in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUA total of 5,087 German Volkswagen cars equipped with software that can falsify harmful emissions data have been identified in Latvia, as reported by LNT News.

Problems in Latvia have been registered in 3,145 VW passenger cars, 1,288 VW commercial transport vehicles and 654 Audi vehicles.

Road Traffic and Security Directorate is expected to come up with solutions and carry out preventive measures in October. Permission from state institutions is necessary for this.

Owners of malfunctioning vehicles will be informed of proposed solutions after all preparations have been completed. In order to cover all necessary service costs worldwide, Volkswagen plans to spend approximately EUR 6.5 billion.

CSDD had previously explained that Volkswagen had incorrectly assessed the criteria in accordance with which the manufacturer’s vehicles could be fitted with specific engines, which can result in falsified harmful emissions data. With that, it is impossible to say how much of them are in Latvia.

The only criterion known for certain at the moment is that cars affected by this problem all have diesel engines. It is impossible to detect the defect in Latvia, because there are no specialized laboratories of the necessary calibre in Baltic States. It is possible, however, to estimate the number of affected vehicles in Latvia by using CSDD data, but if the criteria are made clearer, as noted by the directorate.

As previously reported, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently discovered that certain diesel-engine models of Volkswagen cars have software that only carried out control of harmful emissions during official inspections. This makes it possible that the volume of harmful emissions produced by these cars exceeds the allowed level of emissions.

According to available information, there may be up to 11 million of such cars in the world.

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