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Renault agrees to recall 15,000 vehicles for emissions tests

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French carmaker Renault will recall more than 15,000 vehicles to make sure their engines are in line with emissions standards.

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The cars will be recalled before they go on sale, Segolene Royal, France's minister of ecology, told RTL radio. She said the company committed to the recall in order to test the car engines and filtration systems to make sure they adhere to emissions standards in all temperatures.

The announcement comes after French fraud investigators raided Renault as part of a probe into its emissions technology. Following those raids, Renault said that French probes into its vehicles had found "no evidence" of any so-called defeat device software, such as the kind that VW installed to cheat on emissions tests.

Earlier this month, Royal said cars from "several" foreign manufacturers were also found to exceed emissions limits without naming them. Defeat devices were only found on two Volkswagen models during an investigation that covered nearly two dozen vehicles.

"To be fair to Renault there are other brands that exceed the norms," Royal told RTL, adding that company representatives from other manufacturers had agreed to meet with a commission by the French government.


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