The scandal currently engulfing Volkswagen with regard to rigged emissions tests on diesel cars could soon spread to petrol vehicles too, according to a report in The Telegraph.

The report cites the fact that, to begin with, Volkswagen claimed that just under half a million cars were affected by the scandal. That figure has already risen to 11 Million. Greg Archer, a “former government advisor” is quoted as suggesting that the scandal “is probably not limited to diesel and not limited to emissions.” This suggests that it could transpire that so-called “defeat devices” were used on petrol cars too.

If Archer is correct, this enormous scandal could blow up into something truly monumental. Unsurprisingly, many people are also starting to wonder if other car manufacturers have engaged in questionable practices alongside VW.

One of history’s biggest car recalls will soon be underway, with VW (and its other linked brands, Audi, Skoda and Seat) due to contact owners affected by the scandal. It’s expected that cars will begin to be recalled to garages for alterations early next year.

Meanwhile, Auto Express has reported that the head of VW in the US allegedly knew about the “cheating” devices as far back as early last year.

If you own a Volkswagen, Audi, Seat or Skoda, you may want to check out the manufacturer’s website to see if your car is subject to any recall notices. You will need your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to do so, which is usually stamped on the car’s windscreen.

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