According to Reuters, Germany’s Transport Ministry is demanding auto vehicle companies to update their engine management software in upwards of 12 million diesel cars.
German lawmakers’ attempts to reduce pollution from nitrogen oxide emissions comes as the country’s election process approaches. The issue was brought to national concern in 2015 when Volkswagen AG bypassed emissions tests to sell vehicles that produced excessive pollution.
Several of Germany’s largest car corporations voluntarily recalled an estimated 630,000 vehicles in 2016, citing emissions to blame for increased respiratory diseases.
On Monday, the ministry increased pressure on the German auto industry, as well as local governments, to cut nitrogen oxide pollution by about 25 percent. It is demanding that vehicles utilizing the euro-4, euro-5, and euro-6 engines be included in the recall. The plan could cost up to 1.5 billion to 2.5 billion euros.
The German government has called for the auto industry to foot the bill and generate a solution to be presented at the elections in September.