VW Australia suspends diesel sales
It’s taken two weeks for Volkswagen Australia to respond to the diesel emissions “defeat device” controversy, but the company has now announced that it will suspend sales of some of its Australian vehicles until the issues are addressed.
Meanwhile the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has said the company faces potential legal action if it’s broken consumer laws and misled car buyers.
The “defeat devices” are illegal in Australia and the ACCC has said that the company could face fines of up to $1.1 million for each device in Australia.
“As the enforcer of the Australian Consumer Law, the ACCC can take action against any corporation that has breached mandatory standards,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.
“Cars are a big purchasing decision and claims that relate to environmental benefits or fuel efficiency can influence consumer choice.”
“Businesses must be able to substantiate any claims they make. The ACCC will be seeking marketing materials from VW Group and will not hesitate to take action if consumers were exposed to false, misleading or deceptive representations,” Mr Sims said.
Volkswagen met with government authorities on October 2 to “advise them of its strategy in Australia to address concerns that have been raised around the world regarding the diesel emissions issue,” the company said in a statement.
1.6 and 2.0 litre diesels affected
“In its first step, effective immediately, Volkswagen Group Australia (VGA) has temporarily suspended the sale of affected vehicles fitted with 1.6 or 2.0-litre EA189 diesel engines.
“The suspension will remain until the emission issues are addressed in those vehicles.”
The number of VW, Audi and Skoda vehicles affected is still unclear but it could be more than 40,000.
At the time of writing there was no news on when VW, Audi and Skoda would issue recall notices on Australian cars to have the software upgraded to address the problem.
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