Regulators from the California Air Resources Board have demanded that Volkswagen begin recalling an additional 15,000 cars sold in California since 2009, in yet another unprecedented move concerning the recent Volkswagen emissions scandal lawsuit.
Earlier this year, Volkswagen admitted to installing defeat device software in its diesel-powered vehicles, which would allow the vehicles to spew toxic exhaust into the atmosphere, presumably to enhance fuel mileage and engine performance.
The defeat device software was specifically designed to prevent toxic exhaust from being emitted by Volkswagen vehicles as they were being inspected by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials. Once the vehicles passed inspection, the software permitted an excessive amount of toxic fumes to be released from the vehicles.
Initially, Volkswagen was required to recall nearly 500,000 diesel-powered vehicles with 2.0-liter engines which were sold in the United States from 2009 to 2015.
On Wednesday, California regulators ordered Volkswagen to recall an additional 15,000 diesel-fueled vehicles with 3.0-liter engines which were sold in California from 2009 to 2015. California's recall includes certain models of Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi vehicles with 3.0 diesel engines that were manufactured between 2009 and 2015.
California regulators have given Volkswagen 45 days to file a recall plan for the additional affected vehicles. Volkswagen has already filed a recall plan for their 2.0-liter diesel engine vehicles, 50,000 of which were sold in California. Details of Volkswagen's most recent recall plan, which was submitted last week, are currently being reviewed and awaiting approval by California regulators.
The EPA, which is working closely with California officials regarding the Volkswagen emissions scandal, has not yet ordered recalls on Volkswagen diesel-fueled vehicles with 3.0-liter engines in other states.
However, EPA officials have stated they plan on enforcing recalls in all fifty states for the estimated 75,000 VW diesel cars sold nationally between 2009 and 2015.
As many as 11 million Volkswagen diesel-powered vehicles equipped with defeat device software were sold worldwide between 2009 and 2015.
If you own a Volkswagen affected by defeat device emissions control software, you may be entitled to recover damages by filing a Volkswagen emissions lawsuit.
Contact a Sacramento personal injury lawyer at Arnold Law Firm today to discuss your claim. We have decades of legal experience and are dedicated to fighting for consumers' rights.
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