Volkswagen Recalls Touareg Cars After German Watchdog Finds Defeat Devices

By Max Bernhard Features Dow Jones Newswires

Volkswagen AG (VOW.XE) is recalling 57,600 of its Touareg vehicles globally after a German regulatory watchdog found two prohibited defeat devices, the German car maker said Tuesday.

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Volkswagen, which in 2015 admitted to using devices that helped its vehicles dodge emissions tests, said the affected vehicles were produced between 2014 and 2017.

Of the total, 25,800 vehicles are being recalled in Germany alone. There are no recalls in the U.S., which has different emissions regulations, the company said.

Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority, KBA, issued the recall for Volkswagen's Touareg model with 3 litre Euro 6 diesel engine, saying a device that lowers emissions when the car is on the test stand is predominantly not active on the road. Under certain conditions, the use of AdBlue, a chemical that helps reduce emissions, was limited in a prohibited way in some models, the authority said.

Volkswagen will update the software of the affected vehicles to comply with emissions standards, it said. The software update has already been approved by KBA.

Write to Max Bernhard at Max.Bernhard@dowjones.com; @mxbernhard

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December 12, 2017 11:00 ET (16:00 GMT)