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Volkswagen confirm number of Irish cars affected by scandal

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
The motoring giants have revealed that 79,348 vehicles have been fitted with the software
The motoring giants have revealed that 79,348 vehicles have been fitted with the software

Volkswagen have confirmed the number of Irish vehicles that have been fitted with software used to distort emission readings.

The motoring giant have revealed that 79,348 vehicles have been fitted with the software. 

VW said 34,387 Volkswagen passenger cars, 16,484 Audis, 16,004 Skodas, 4,365 Seats, and 8,107 VW commercial vehicles are currently affected. 

They said that this number represents the authorised vehicles sold through the authorised car dealers across the country. 

In a statement released on Thursday: “In the coming days, the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) details of affected vehicles will be released centrally from brands to retailers. In addition, an international online self-serve process for customers to check if their vehicle is affected based on VIN will be set up.

“In addition for Ireland, a website for all brands based on registration number is planned to cover both domestic sales and privately imported used vehicles from other markets, such as the UK.

“Affected customers will be contacted, with details of a process to get their vehicles corrected in the near future. In the meantime, all vehicles are technically safe and roadworthy.”

The company said they will be notifying authorities in the coming days of their revised software. Customers will then be approached in the coming weeks to have the current software removed. 

It also added that a further 30,000 imported vehicles may be affected. 

"The numbers include vehicles sold via our authorised dealer network in Ireland. The number of affected used vehicles imported is still under clarification. This number could be up to an additional 30,000 cars.

"Volkswagen Group Ireland is committed to supporting all its customers and its retailers through the coming weeks and months."

Approximately 11 millions vehicles worldwide have been affected by the scandal. 

The company confirmed that nearly 1.2 million UK vehicles are affected, consisting of 508,276 Volkswagen cars, 393,450 Audis, 131,569 Skodas, 79,838 VW commercial vehicles and 76,773 Seats.

They also announced how many vehicles are affected in a number of other countries, including France (984,064), the Czech Republic (148,000) and Portugal (94,400).