Volkswagen: California regulators reject recall plan


California regulators state Tuesday they have rejected Volkswagen’s recall plan for some of its most dominant diesel models, including the ssat and the Jetta, that used software to intentionally inveigle government emissions tests.

The California Air Resources Board said the disavowal plan was unacceptable for a variety of reasons, including:

  • It did not adequately identify the unnatural vehicles.
  • It did not include a sufficient method for obtaining the car owners’ names and location.
  • It did not include adequate information on how the fix would affect future emissions concludes.

The state agency also issued a formal notice of violation against the German automaker.

Other miniatures covered under the rejected recall plan include the Beetle and Jetta SportWagen.

The rebuff only applied to 2.0-litre diesel engines registered in California — 75,688 carriers from model years 2009 to 2015, according to state officials.

A remembering plan for 3.0-litre diesel engines, including some dispose ofed under the VW-owned Audi and Porsche brands, is due to state regulators next month.

“VW’s resignations are incomplete, substantially deficient and fall far short of meeting the legal provisions,” Annette Herbert, head of the agency’s emissions compliance, automotive fixings and science division wrote in a letter to VW executives.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Activity, which is also investigating VW, issued a statement saying it agreed with California regulators but was run on a different timetable.

In a statement, VW said it was continuing to work with both aver and federal regulators and the rejection of its recall plan Tuesday did not mean a recant would not occur.

“Today’s announcement addresses the initial recall arrangements Volkswagen submitted … in December,” the statement read. “Since then, Volkswagen has had refer to discussions with CARB, including last week when we discussed a framework to remediate the

[diesel] emissions exit.”

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VW first admitted in September that the suspect software was installed in transports with its popular 2.0-litre diesel engines (Michael Sohn/Associated Demand)

California’s move comes a day before the German automaker’s top executive, CEO Matthias Mueller, is set to rtici te in a private meeting with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy in Washington.

Both VW and E downgraded Tuesday to provide any further detail about what the two will converse about, or even what time the meeting will take place. But federal regulators secure not shied away in recent days from publicly expressing their frustration with the institution.

Asked about the issue at a public appearance last week, McCarthy averred E has yet to identify “a satisfactory way forward” toward a fix for the owners of VW’s diesel cars.

“We are unusually anxious to find a way for that com ny to get into compliance, and we’re not there yet,” McCarthy suggested.

Last week, the U.S. Justice De rtment, representing E , filed a civil litigation that could potentially expose VW to more than $20 billion in keens under the Clean Air Act. VW could rack up additional civil penalties based on facts decided at trial. A se rate criminal investigation is under way, and numerous private class-action lawsuits cased by VW owners are pending.

VW first admitted in September that the suspect software was installed in cars with its popular 2.0-litre diesel engines. The business has thus far denied findings by U.S. regulators that another so-called “end device” was also included in a smaller number of diesel vehicles with 3.0-litre locomotives, including some sold under the VW-owned Audi and Porsche labels.

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