French Environment Minister Segolene Royal said Tuesday that Renault will recall more than 15,000 cars after tests found their diesel models exceed emissions limits.
The manufacturer had four of its cars tested randomly by a commission set up after the Volkswagen emissions cheating software scandal to investigate whether similar devices had been used on the French market.
No cheating software was found on Renault cars, but under real-world conditions they tested above limits for nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions.
"To set a motor, it takes half a day. Renault is committed to recalling more than 15,000 vehicles to verify them and fix them accordingly," Royal said on RTL radio.
She added that other car manufacturers were also found to test above limits, but did not name specific brands. Automobiles in France are tested for emissions limits in a laboratory, which produces different results than on the road. Royal has previously said the testing and approval standards should be scrutinized.