The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California air quality regulators have rejected the proposed recall plan submitted by Volkswagen to fix the diesel cars it fitted with software to cheat emissions standards. In a move backed by the EPA, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) sent a letter to Volkswagen Group of America Inc. saying it was rejecting the automaker’s plan to repair 2-liter diesel vehicles sold in California between 2009 and 2015. It was stated that the plan lacked sufficient detail and the proposed repairs did not contain the depth of information required for a technical evaluation. The letter said further:
VW’s submissions are incomplete, substantially deficient and fall far short of meeting the legal requirements to return these vehicles to the claimed certified configuration.
Neither did the recall plan adequately address the overall impact to vehicle performance, emissions and safety, according to CARB. The Environmental Protection Agency agreed with California regulators’ assessment that VW’s recall plan was deficient. The EPA stated:
EPA agrees with CARB that Volkswagen has not submitted an approvable recall plan to bring the vehicles into compliance and reduce pollution. EPA has conveyed this to the company previously.
The California agency also notified VW of 13 specific violations of California air quality regulations in connection with the automaker’s use of a defeat device in the cars, including failure to comply with state emissions standards. CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols had this to say:
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. 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.
It appears that Volkswagen will have its corporate hands full for a long time trying to deal with all of its problems. We are pleased that Dee Miles from Beasley Allen will be in a position in the MDL to help assure that complete justice is done.
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