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Car and Driver: Up to 700,000 Renaults to Get Emissions Fix After Office Raid

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Following a raid of its offices by French officials, Renault will recall 15,800 Captur SUVs and offer an emissions software update for up to 700,000 cars, according to a Bloomberg report. Renault, however, maintains that it didn’t cheat emissions testing like Volkswagen did with its 2.0-liter TDI diesel engines.

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Renault, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz have come under scrutiny by the French government for Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions higher than legal limits, French newspaper Les Echos reported last week. The new Captur SUV along with the Espace were cited for polluting well above legal limits.

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While Renault maintains that it isn’t using a defeat device like Volkswagen did, it will recall 15,800 diesel-engine Capturs to fix the emission-control system. It also will offer a voluntary software patch for 700,000 diesel-powered cars to reduce NOx emissions.

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The software update, which will be performed at Renault dealers, will be available for diesel engines designed to meet the latest Euro 6 regulations. Renault says it will announce its specific plans for the software upgrade in March and will offer engine checks four months later to determine if the update is required.

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The company said the total number of cars that will need the software update will likely be lower than the 700,000 cars it has produced with Euro 6 engines.

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The raid of its offices sent its stock prices tumbling last week, but Renault said in a statement that it believed the raids were “linked to the consequences of the Volkswagen rigged-engines affair.”

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Even if there was no wrongdoing on Renault’s part, it’s clear that both government officials and investors are fairly spooked in the wake of the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. More fallout like this is likely as more organizations investigate automakers.

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This story originally appeared on Road & Track.

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