VW India could be slapped with a fine of INR 32 crore under the section 182 A of Motor Vehicles Act if the Indian government ascertains that the company was selling cars with faulty or substandard quality devices, reports Economic Times. Following ARAI’s dieselgate probe in India, the automaker ‘s local subsidiary has announced recall of 3.23 lakh cars that are powered by the controversial range of EA189 diesel engines.
The fine translates into INR 1,000 per affected car in India. The EA189 series of diesel engines displacing 1.2-, 1.5-, 1.6- and 2.0-litre can be found in several models across VW, Skoda and Audi brands. Cars that are manufactured between 2008 and November 2015 are covered by what would be the largest recall in the history of Indian automotive industry.
Heavy industries minister Anant Getee stated that ARAI’s probe into the emission issue found that VW diesel cars with EA189 engines in India are emitting 8-9 times the permitted level of NOx. VW India has proposed a technical solution to fix the emission issue which will be implemented at no cost to customer once ARAI and the Indian government approve it.
The latest developments could also lead to temporary suspension of sales of certain VW Group diesel vehicles in India. Thanks to the VW dieselgate, ARAI is now planning to retest all the diesel passenger vehicle models that are sold in India to check whether they are violating the emission norms with cheating devices.