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800,000 Touregs, Cayennes recalled over pedal system issue

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 25 March 2016

VOLKSWAGEN and its Porsche subsidiary have announced a recall of a total of about 800,000 Touareg (below) and Cayenne (main pic) SUVs worldwide because of a potential problem with the pedal system.

Volkswagen said that it is recalling 391,000 Touaregs worldwide because of a problem that was detected in internal checks with “possible loosening of a retaining ring on the bearing block of the pedal system.” The vehicles concerned are 2011-2016 models.

Porsche said the recall also affects just over 409,000 of its Cayenne SUVs, made in the same years, the Associated Press reports.

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Volkswagen said it will contact owners of the cars and aims to examine the vehicles as quickly as possible, with the checks expected to take less than half an hour each.

The recall comes as Volkswagen grapples with fallout from its diesel emissions-rigging scandal.

Volkswagen and government regulators must present a detailed plan within a month on getting nearly 600,000 diesel cars to comply with clean air laws or risk the possibility of a trial this summer over an emissions cheating scandal, a federal judge said this week.

Senior US District Court Judge Charles Breyer said he wants to know the timing of the fix and any planned payments to owners, among other details, by April 21.

Breyer said former FBI Director Robert Mueller told him Volkswagen, government regulators and attorneys for car owners had made substantial progress toward a resolution that would get the polluting cars off the road. He did not provide any details. Breyer appointed Mueller to oversee settlement talks.

The parties were not able to immediately announce the solution because engineering technicalities and other important issues still needed to be resolved, Breyer said Mueller told him.