The Dieselgate scandal isn't going away anytime soon as the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has rejected Volkswagen's proposed fix for models equipped with the 2.0-liter TDI four-cylinder diesel engine.

The Dieselgate scandal isn't going away anytime soon as the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has rejected Volkswagen's proposed fix for models equipped with the 2.0-liter TDI four-cylinder diesel engine.

According to the organization, Volkswagen's plan "fell short in several areas."  CARB was light on specifics but mentioned a lack of sufficient details.  The organization also noted Volkswagen didn't provide enough information about the proposed repairs to complete a technical evaluation of the fix.  In the end, CARB said the "proposals do not adequately address overall impacts on vehicle performance, emissions, and safety."

Besides rejecting the proposed fix, CARB slapped Volkswagen with 13 different violations of California regulations.  These include using a defeat device, selling vehicles that do not meet emission standards, and failing to comply with emission standards and/or test procedures.

In a statement, CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols said "Volkswagen made a decision to cheat on emissions tests and then tried to cover it up. The result is thousands of tons of nitrogen oxide that have harmed the health of Californians."  Nichols went on to say Volkswagen needs to "make it right" and the decision to reject the fix is a "step in the direction of assuring that will happen."

The rejection notice only applies to models equipped with 2.0-liter TDI engines that were sold between 2009 and 2015.  Volkswagen is slated to submit its fix for the 3.0-liter TDI V6 engine on February 2nd and its fate is yet to be determined.

Source: CARB via Reuters

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