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Tens of thousands of Scottish motorists are known to be affected by the VW product liability scandal, and consumer claims across the United Kingdom could be about to swing into action with the recall of nearly 1.2 million vehicles; second only to Germany, which has recalled 2.8 million vehicles so far.

The automotive manufacturer, the world's third largest and the third best-selling in Scotland, said that 508,276 Volkswagens, 393,450 Audis, 131,569 Skodas, 79,838 VW vans and 76,773 Seats in the UK were fitted with the emissions-rigging software.

French and Italian authorities have already begun inquiries into the scandal after receiving numerous complaints and consumer claims into what the French termed a case of "aggravated deception".

VW has so far admitted that the software was in place in 11 million of its vehicles and has said that it will contact all owners in Scotland to book them in to have the software adjusted.

"Step by step, affected customers will be contacted, with details of a process to get their vehicles corrected in the near future. In the meantime, all vehicles are technically safe and roadworthy."

However, Sandy Burgess, the chief executive of the Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA), said that although the situation is a cause for concern they should be reassured that VW and the automotive industry in general had the matter confidently in-hand.

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