Renault will recall 15,800 models of its Captur compact SUV, while also issuing a voluntary emissions system update for another 700,000 vehicles.
The recall for the Captur will be limited to the 110PS 1.5-litre DCi 110 diesel models which are equipped with a faulty emission filter that turned on between 17 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit) and 35 degrees Celsius.
The European tests are run between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius but the average real-world temperature in Paris is much lower, with average highs exceeding 17 degrees only between May and September.
In addition, Renault will offer to the owners of 700,000 of its vehicles the option of an emission system update this summer. The French government initiated a probe last year in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, looking for other companies that might have cheated on the said tests.
The probe involved 100 randomly chosen models, with 25 of them being Renault’s. The French Environment Minister Segolene Royal said that there are other brands also that exceeded the emissions limits, declining to name them. These brands have been asked to give an explanation to the ministry she added.
The news that Renault will recall the Captur SUV came only one day after a report emerged saying that Mercedes, Ford and of course Renault are currently under investigation from the French government.