Renault has announced plans to recall 15,800 units of the Captur to make adjustments related to the pollution control system.

Renault has announced plans to recall 15,800 units of the Captur to make adjustments related to the pollution control system.

The company with the diamond logo estimates the recall procedure will affect only the crossovers fitted with the 110-hp diesel engine. Renault’s mechanics will have to modify a filter that will require half of day of work per engine. The filter in question is activated between 63 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Celsius) and 95 °F (35 °C). Testing for engine emissions in Europe is conducted at temperatures between 68 °F and 86 °F (20 °C and 30 °C). In the real world, average temperatures in Paris are considerably lower as only between May and September the daytime average exceeds 62.6 °F (17 °C).

In other words, Renault did not cheat during emissions testing, but there are discrepancies between the levels generated in tests and those in an actual driving situation. We all know tests take place in special conditions and are not exactly relevant in the real world. It is important to add that French investigators haven't found any cheating devices during the raid at three Renault sites earlier this month.

Besides this mandatory recall, Renault is going to offer voluntary updates to emissions systems fitted on approximately 700,000 cars as a preemptive move to avoid future problems. These changes are applicable to vehicles equipped with the latest Euro 6-compliant diesel engines that will generate fewer NOx emissions after the update.

Renault went on to specify the estimation is based on current production levels, but ultimately the number of cars will be considerably lower. These cars will only require a software update at minimal costs for the company during a routine service visit. Renault will provide all the details concerning the recall process for Euro 6-compliant diesel cars in March and will commence the voluntary recalls in July.

In an interview with reporters at Renault’s headquarters, company chief competitive officer, Thierry Bollore, said “We are not cheating, we are meeting the norms, and we are not trying to trick the consumer.”

To avoid any potential problems in the future, Renault has set aside $54 million (€50 million) to make its diesels cleaner. Moreover, the money will also be used to reduce the necessary development time of new "Euro 6D" engines from five to three years.

Source: Renault via

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