California Air Resources Board Declines VW’s Proposal To Remedy Emissions Defeat Device
In an effort to remedy the huge emissions scandal that broke loose in late 2015, Volkswagen of America sent a proposal to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The defeat device plea has been defeated as CARB rejected the proposal.
A spokesperson from CARB stated that the proposal, “does not adequately address overall impacts on vehicle performance, emissions and safety and would not fix the cars’ pollution problems quickly enough.” They further noted that, “Volkswagen made a decision to cheat on emissions tests and then tried to cover it up. They continued and compounded the lie and when they were caught they tried to deny it.”
Specifically, the two issues that led to the decision of rejection included the lack of specificity to how VW would allow enforcement officials to properly evaluate repairs from a technical standpoint; and the failure of the plan to fully address the emissions problems caused by the cheat devices.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed with CARB’s rejection.
This announcement now increases the chances that VW will have to buy back hundreds of thousands of vehicles.
As it stands, it is unclear if VW comprehends the full impact of the challenges it is facing. They have billions of dollars mounting up in federal fines and no clear plan on how to address the ongoing emissions problems of those vehicles still on the road. The only thing that has been offered to VW owners by the automobile manufacturer thus far has been a goodwill package consisting of $1,000 in gift cards: ($500 prepaid Visa and $500 to be used only at a VW or Audi dealership).
Besides more than 40 state attorney generals launching investigations, consumers and car dealers are filing their own VW lawsuits against the global car giant.
Volkswagen had success in Europe where it was agreed that cars with defeat devices will be provided with a software update that will fix the issue in under half an hour. Also, 1.6L engine vehicles will be fitted with a “flow rectifier” that mechanics will fit in front of the air mass sensor.
A statement released by a VW spokesperson said that the “announcement addresses the initial recall plans Volkswagen submitted to CARB in December. Since then, Volkswagen has had constructive discussions with CARB. We are committed to working cooperatively with CARB and other regulators, and we plan to continue our discussions tomorrow when we meet with the EPA.”