Volkswagen recalls 385,000 cars in Germany due to faulty brake system

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Volkswagen recalls 385,000 cars in Germany due to faulty brake system

Volkswagen is recalling 385,000 cars in Germany for a software update to their anti-lock braking systems. The company’s VW, Audi and Skoda brands are affected by the recall according to a spokesman for the automaker.

According to DPA The braking control system on the vehicles may not function properly under certain conditions, such as when a driver oversteers, understeers or slams the brakes. The recall requires a software update to the antilock brake system, according to DPA.

While a serious issue in itself, VW is facing an even larger problem in Germany as the transport ministry is putting pressure on automakers to update the engine management software in 12 million diesel cars currently on the country’s roads.

Not all those cars were manufactured by VW of course but the total cost to patch the software is estimated to cost $1.7 billion to $2.8 billion.

As most know, Volkswagen was disgraced in September of 2015 for using a diesel emissions program that was designed to report lower emissions score during tests than its cars actually produced when operating normally. That emissions cheating scandal has already cost the company billions.

The latest push by the German authorities is likely tied to upcoming elections in September. The government wants the carmakers to bear the cost of updating the emissions systems in the diesel-powered fleet in an effort to cut nitrogen oxide pollution by 25%.

(As always, if you or a family member are considering buying a used car, don’t buy until you run a car check report with MyVehicle.ie where you will find out the true history of the vehicle.)

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