A few months ago, Volkswagen submitted plans to the California Air Resources Board (CARB)—the agency in charge of handling the Dieselgate debacle—but the regulation agency rejected VW’s solution. It took a while, but VW submitted new plans to handle its “defeat device” vehicles here in the US, and CARB seems to be pleased by the new effort. Will VW owners finally have a solution for their pollution-mobiles?
VW Has Another Dieselgate Fix, But Will It Work?
Sources close to Bloomberg are reporting that Volkswagen has submitted plans to CARB to fix 2.0-liter diesel vehicles that have the “defeat device” software installed in their computer systems. There’s only one problem; some of the cars cannot be fixed. This leaves an estimated 300,000 vehicles with no way to become compliant with EPA regulations, so VW says they will buy those cars back.
Will VW Buy Back All Dieselgate Vehicles?
After the sound rejection of its last plan, VW seems to be pulling out all the stops for this recall plan. The company is even giving cash compensation to owners that get their VW repaired—to make up for the loss of value the car will suffer—and Volkswagen has made a fix for their 3.0-liter diesels, which were found to be non-compliant as well.
So far, the responses from CARB and the EPA are positive, though no agreements have been reached yet, and no details about the plans have been released. June 21 is said to be the day the US will find out about the plan in its entirety, but no firm deadlines have been set.
Will this solution be enough to fix all the cars affected by the “defeat device”? What will Volkswagen do with the vehicles it buys back? Could scrapped VWs cause an environmental problem of their own? Keep on top of things at the Colson Hicks Eidson legal blog, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for even more updates.