The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) has said it will investigate Volkswagen (VW) South Africa after the car manufacturer was exposed for alleged test-rigging last week.
VW was found to have equipped millions of diesel-powered cars with software designed to fool emissions tests. After the resignation of CEO Martin Winterkorn, VW’s market value fell by over 20 billion euros.
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Acting General Manager for Automotives at NRCS, Themba Kaula, said the regulator would compare implicated vehicle models against those that were approved in South Africa to determine whether any pollution data was manipulated.
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The regulator will collaborate with environmental affairs and transport ministries to assess whether local vehicles comply with local emissions regulations.
Countries around the world have launched their own investigations and the NCRS said if vehicles were found to be non-compliant, a sanctioning process would lead to the recall of the relevant vehicles for correction.