South Korea to ban Volkswagen vehicles suspected of falsified reports

South Korea is to ban the sale of Volkswagen models suspected of passing the local approval process with falsified reports and will also revoke certifications, a media report said Monday.

More than 70 models from the German carmaker are thought to have received local approval with doctored reports on noise level, fuel efficiency and emissions, Yonhap News Agency reported.

The administrative measures could effect as many as 100,000 to 150,000 vehicles, Yonhap said.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office officially requested the measures to the Ministry of Environment, it said.

"We are reviewing the probe result delivered from the prosecution to sort out which models will be put under the administrative measures," an unnamed ministry official was quoted saying.

"After reviewing legal issues, we will notify Volkswagen of the results," the official said.

Local prosecutors have also begun further investigations into the local South Korea Volkswagen unit following revelations last year of an emissions scandal, Yonhap said.

Last year, the United States discovered a so-called defeat device in several Volkswagen diesel models that lowered emissions readings when a car would undergo testing. The company later admitted that it had installed illegal software in some 11 million cars worldwide.

Last update: Mon, 11/07/2016 - 05:04


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