French carmaker Renault said Tuesday that it will recall 15,800 cars after government tests found some of their diesel models exceed emissions limits in real-world conditions.
French Environment Minister Segolene Royal had told RTL radio that the manufacturer would recall more than 15,000 vehicles, which the car manufacturer later confirmed.
"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.
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.
One hundred cars are to be tested by the commission overall, and approximately a quarter of the tests have already taken place. Royal said more vehicles were found to emit too much, but declined to specify which car manufacturers might be affected.
Automobiles in France are tested for emissions limits in a laboratory, which produces different results than on the road. A spokesman for Renault said earlier this week all its vehicles passed approval tests, and added that the company was aware of the discrepancy in real-world conditions.
Renault sales manager Thierry Koskas added that the manufacturer would develop a plan for emissions reduction in the coming weeks.
Responding to the emissions revelations last week, Royal said standards for testing and approving vehicle emissions levels should be scrutinized.