Why does Opel have to call the cars back?

Opel is suspected to have vehicles with illegal defeat devices sold. Such software programs may cause the car in normal driving on the street, for example, far more NOx emissions than allowed. On the test bench, however, the filters are working properly. The goal is less time-consuming and expensive cleaning technology installed in the car. As the only manufacturer, Volkswagen has granted such manipulations.

Opel is said to have used a control program, the pay, the additional nitrogen oxide-cleaning of the exhaust gases at high speeds and in a wide range of external temperatures, down regulates. Opel has defended the technique, because it is necessary for the protection of engine components. “The company confirms that its vehicles comply with the applicable regulations,” said Opel on Monday. In contrast, the Prosecutor’s office to determine whether there has been fraud.

Actually, agreed the Federal government with Opel as early as 2016 on a voluntary Software Update for affected cars. Since Opel is not, however, seem to quick, lost a transport Minister, Andreas Scheuer (CSU) is now probably the patience.

What happens to the cars?

The recall of 95,000 cars in the Euro-6 models of Zafira, Cascada and Insignia are concerned, according to media reports from the years 2012 to 2017. Currently, everything indicates that the government wants to enforce the “voluntary” agreed Software Updates now via callback.

On the motorist, a visit to the workshop is therefore expected, in which the motor control is adjusted. Such Upgrades, it should give manufacturers across 6.3 million cars – as a “voluntary service campaign” and not forced, as in the case of the affected Opel. What is the impact of such an intervention on the vehicles, is controversial and difficult to determine. Measurement results on the effectiveness of the Updates to the Federal motor transport authority (KBA) keeps under lock and key.

The German environmental aid Association reported that vehicles of different types to launch after the Update, not much less or even more pollutants and are more Fuel consume. Both with and without a software update, the affected Opel are not affected prohibited-models thus, in principle, of driving because of, for example, the state of Berlin, excluding such restrictions for Euro-6 Diesel.

How hard the recall hits Opel?

For Opel damage, especially a significant image. While a “voluntary service campaign” sounds somehow friendly, with a swing at the “official recall” lots of allegations. Affected Opel-drivers are taught that you are sitting in a really dirty car. “Product recalls are only triggered in case of significant defects for traffic safety, or the environment,” writes the KBA clearly on his Website to call back.


At the same time the Opel will not be humiliated, because the Federal government trusts the organization, obviously, is to move its customers in a sufficient number of the Update. The official recall is binding, Opel needs to move his driver now to the visit to the workshop.

Opel, the callback hits, but that is also hard, because the company can tolerate negative news is currently so bad like no other manufacturer. Parent company Peugeot (PSA) trims the company, with a savings rate on the rate of return. The paragraph is on the rocks for years, the production was most recently throttled.

What is the purpose of the Ministry of transport with the recall?

Ministers of transport, Scheuer wants to show the car industry to the public, who is at the exhaust gas scandal of Lord in the house of the state. Because the government is available to the public in the permanent fire of criticism, because the manufacturers are danced last very obvious on the nose.

Currently, Opel has made it unpopular. A few hours after the Grand coalition had agreed at the beginning of October on a diesel compromise, torpedoed the German Central results. Negotiated Hardware upgrades are not be to do with Opel.

And while Volkswagen and other car manufacturers were offering quickly announced the “exchange premium”, ruled in the case of the Peugeot, a subsidiary of first Mention. In this respect, shy in the case of Opel deviates from its often soft line against the industry, and uses his room to discipline Opel. That other manufacturers may be impressed and better tracks that should have factored in his house.

What other manufacturer are affected by recall because of the exhaust gas scandal?

The KBA has tightened its recall policy in the context of the exhaust gas scandal, after it has rejected such measures “only” for environmental reasons, for a long time. For example, it met Daimler. In August 2018, the KBA verdonnerte Stuttgart to a recall of 280,000 diesels in Germany and a total of 690.000 in Europe – due to improper shutdown of the facilities. On the list of variants of the Vito, the C-, E – and S-class or SUVs, GLC, GLE and GLS are according to the Ministry, among other things.


The problems with these vehicles do not appear to be so large that the “voluntary Service campaign” enough already of the name. Daimler took the view that, in the cars, no improper shutdown facilities to be installed. The Update will get the car one way or the other.

Otherwise, especially brands from the Volkswagen group were affected. For VW, even a recall of 2.4 million cars with small and medium-sized engines was already at the end of 2015. Thus, the Federal government responded to findings from the United States, according to Volkswagen, the local authorities had cheated.

Audi does not stand first in the center of the scandal. However, in January 2018, the Federal government ordered a recall for the models A4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Q 5, SQ 5, Q 7, with 3.0-litre diesel engines for Euro 6. Of about 77.600 and a worldwide total of some 127,000 vehicles are affected in Germany.

“The pollution-reducing, so-called fast engine warm-up function starts with these vehicles, almost only in the test cycle, the NEDC,” writes the Ministry of transport. “In real traffic, under this N OX emission reduction.” Later, a VW Touareg with 3.0-Liter diesel engine was affected (in Germany 25.800, worldwide 57.600 vehicles).