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VW, Audi and Porsche to recall 124,000 of its electric and hybrid cars

Updated December 4, 2018

Earlier in the week The Volkswagen group officially went on to confirm the news that it may have to recall nearly 124,000 electric and hybrid cars from its VW, Audi, and Porsche brands.

The reason behind this recall is due to poisonous cadmium finding its way into a charger component of the above-mentioned car brands.

According to a report published by German magazine Wirtschaftswoche, VW has gone on to confirm that it is currently in talks with Kraftfahrtbundesamt (KBA), the German road authority, regarding a potential recall.

Speaking for the German automaker a spokesperson went on to state:

“Currently A corresponding recall order by the KBA is in clarification,”

The reason for the recall due to a heavy metal called cadmium, which can be quite harmful and is mostly banned in auto parts, has been found in a charger supplied to the group for all-electric and plug-in hybrids made by Porsche, Audi and VW, right from 2013 to the previous month.

According to VW, The German automakers have temporarily stopped production of all affected vehicles until it could find an alternative part that can be used.

The company also announced that it has already started working towards doing so.

Back in the previous month, KBA was informed by VW that the part(charger component) contained 0.008 grams of cadmium per device.

As per reports, The KBA is really pushing for the recall, however, the German automaker claims that it would cause no harm to the health of drivers or passengers mainly because it is “fitted in a solid housing inside the charger, which is additionally enclosed by a solid housing.”

Regardless, the regulatory group raised concerns questioning where the material would end up once the vehicle has seen its better days.

They have yet to officially issue a recall and inform the owners of the affected vehicles, which could be nearly 124,000 electric and hybrid cars.

 

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