FRANKFURT:- AM MAIN Germany’s KBA transport authority said Friday it had ordered carmaker Opel to recall 73,000 diesel vehicles worldwide that were configured to fool regulatory emissions tests. The authority “ordered an obligatory recall on October 17” for Opel Insignia, Cascada and Zafira diesels meeting the latest Euro 6 emissions standard manufactured between 2013 and 2016, saying they were fitted with an “illegal ‘defeat device’”. Such software is designed to make vehicles appear less polluting during regulators’ tests than in real on-road driving.

French-owned Opel had already “voluntarily” refitted 23,000 of 96,000 manipulated cars in total, the KBA added, meaning that an officially-approved refit procedure exists that can quickly be applied to the recalled vehicles.