California Air Resources Board rejects VW diesel fix

California Air Resources Board rejects VW diesel fix

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) today rejected the recall plan by Volkswagen Group of America for its 2-litre diesel passenger vehicles sold in the state between 2009 and 2015.

CARB says the Volkswagen recall plan fell short in several areas.

The proposed recall plans contain gaps and lack sufficient detail, and furthermore, the descriptions of proposed repairs lack enough information for technical evaluation says CARB.

It also notes the Volkswagen proposals do not adequately address overall impacts on vehicle performance, emissions, and safety.

CARB says this rejection only applies to Volkswagen 2-litre diesel vehicles, not as yet the 3-litre vehicles.

The submission of the recall plan by Volkswagen for the 3-litre diesel cars is due to CARB on February 2, 2016.

Today CARB also formally notified Volkswagen Group of America of its violations of California air quality regulations associated with the company’s use of a “defeat device” in the cars.

“Volkswagen made a decision to cheat on emissions tests and then tried to cover it up,” says CARB Chair Mary Nichols.

They continued and compounded the lie and when they were caught they tried to deny it. The result is thousands of tons of nitrogen oxide that have harmed the health of Californians. They need to make it right.

“Today’s action is a step in the direction of assuring that will happen.”

This action does not preclude a recall but allows for a broader array of potential remedies.

CARB says it will continue its investigation and technical evaluations with EPA to return the vehicles to legally required emission levels, determine mitigation for the past and future environmental harm, and assess penalties.

The defeat devices installed on Volkswagen’s 2.0L diesel vehicles manufactured for model year (MY) 2009 through MY 2015 circumvented both CARB and EPA emission test procedures.

This cheating made it possible for Volkswagen Group of America to obtain Executive Orders from CARB and Certificates of Conformity from EPA for these diesel vehicles so they could sell in California.

As a result, the certifications were illegally obtained. The consequences of Volkswagens actions are significant and these issues must be addressed expeditiously says CARB.

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