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Was your car affected by the emissions scandal? You can check online

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Volkswagen announced that almost 80,000 vehicles in Ireland have been affected
Volkswagen announced that almost 80,000 vehicles in Ireland have been affected

Volkswagen yesterday announced that almost 80,000 vehicles in Ireland have been affected by the emissions scandal.

The embattled giant has confirmed that 34,387 Volkswagen passenger cars, 16,484 Audis, 16,004 Skodas, 4,365 Seats, and 8,107 VW commercial vehicles are currently affected. 

A total of 79,348 vehicles have been fitted with the software. They added that a further 30,000 imported vehicles may also be carrying the software.

VW have now opened a webpage for customers to check if their diesel vehicle is fitted with a device aimed at cheating pollution tests. The company added that it would inform the authorities about technical solutions and measures to fix the problem, and customers would also be duly informed.

“We are wasting no time,” said Volkswagen on its German webpage where customers can enter your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to check if their car is affected.

Similar pages are to be integrated into Volkswagen's websites serving other countries, the firm says.

Volkswagen has admitted that up to 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide are fitted with devices that can switch on pollution controls when they detect the car is undergoing testing.

They then switch off the controls when the car is on the road, allowing it to spew out harmful levels of emissions.

The global scam has wiped more than 40 per cent off Volkswagen's market capitalisation.

- With reporting from AFP