Volkswagen’s Emissions Scandal Recall Plan Deemed Unacceptable
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Jan 13, 2016 in Class Action Lawsuits
Volkswagen (VW) continues to make waves with environmental regulators.
In response to its emissions cheating scandal, Volkswagen submitted a plan to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that included changes necessary for making the company's 2.0-liter diesel engines compliant with state and federal emissions regulations.
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The proposed solution, submitted in December 2015, was promptly rejected by CARB for being substantially deficient. CARB officials stated it was incomplete and fell far short of meeting the legal requirements.
According to CARB, Volkswagen's plan did not prevent its diesel engines from emitting toxic fumes that exceed state and federal emissions limits. Volkswagen's suggested recall was also deemed unacceptable by CARB, as well as by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for being ineffective.
The recall plan was rejected by the EPA because it did not provide an adequate solution to the excessive amounts of toxic exhaust that spews from VW vehicles equipped with emissions cheating software.
EPA officials have stated that Volkswagen has yet to submit a recall plan that brings its 2.0-liter diesel-powered vehicles into compliance and that effectively reduces air pollution. According to the EPA, this is not the first time that agency officials have told Volkswagen that its proposed recall plan is unacceptable.
The solutions that Volkswagen proposed to EPA and CARB officials have yet to be revealed. In the meantime, VW continues to work with both CARB and the EPA to create an acceptable plan that will ensure its 2.0-liter diesel engines meet or exceed emissions regulations. Volkswagen must also submit a suitable recall plan for all of its diesel-fueled vehicles with 3.0-liter V-6 TDI engines.
In September 2015, Volkswagen admitted to installing special software into millions of its diesel-powered vehicles that allowed the vehicles to override state and federal emissions regulations in order to accelerate faster and achieve better gas mileage.
If you own a Volkswagen vehicle affected by the emissions scandal, you may be entitled to a monetary award by joining a Volkswagen emissions class action lawsuit.