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VW recall: Expert says SA customers shouldn't fuss

The German car manufacturer announced a recall on some of its diesel vehicles in the US.

Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - While Volkswagen South Africa continues its internal investigation to see if any of its vehicles have been fitted with defeat devices, car writer Ciro De Siena says motorists have nothing to worry about.

On Tuesday, the German car manufacturer announced plans to recall some of the 11 million diesel cars affected by the ongoing US emissions cheating scandal.

De Sienna says if local cars are affected, the brand new Golf seven is in the clear.

"I imagine Volkswagen SA don't have an official word yet because they are waiting for official word from Germany. If it does affect us, it will affect the Golf five and Golf six models running the turbo diesel engines and its equivalent products, so the Audi A3 and possibly A4 with the same engine."

He says, however, motorists do not have to worry over the cars' safety.

"If you drive any of those cars don't worry about it, it's still fine and perfectly safe to drive. Just wait for a recall notice or some communication from your dealership."

Europe's biggest car maker has cheated in diesel emissions tests in both the US and in Europe, where Volkswagen sells about 40 percent of its vehicles.

The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), which ensures vehicles comply with the necessary standards, including emissions, before being sold in the South African market, says on its website that all VW cars had met the requirements.

Volkswagen SA is expected to release an official statement before the end of the week.

Factfile on Volkswagen's scheme to disguise pollutant emissions from its diesel cars. Picture: AFP