Renault to modify thousands of vehicles over emission errors

Energy Ministry states Renault will recall 15,000 vehicles over emissions standards errors

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Rows of Renault cars parked outside the Flins automobile plant in Aubergenville, France, January 17, 2016.

Renault will recall more than 15,000 cars to modify engines in order to fulfil emissions standards, Energy Minister Segolene Royal stated on Tuesday.

"Renault has committed to recalling a certain number of vehicles, more than 15,000 vehicles, to check them and adjust them correctly so the filtration system works even when it is very hot or when it is below 17 degrees, because that's when the filtration system no longer worked," Royal said.

The minister also said that the tests needed to be based on real driving conditions, whatever the outside temperature is.

According to the minister, the French carmaker is not the only company to struggle with the emission standard issues; however, he did not name other companies. 

"To be fair to Renault...there are other brands that exceed the norms," she added.

The other carmakers are willing to answer on the issue, Royal also said.

Last week Renault said fraud investigators had inspected three of its sites to look into its vehicle emissions technology - news that wiped billions off its market value in an echo of the scandal engulfing German rival Volkswagen.

TRTWorld, Reuters