EU Orders Volkswagen To Recall 8.5M Diesel Cars, CARB Demands A Fix
According to US News, German authorities have ordered Volkswagen to recall all of the company’s cars that have the emissions cheating software, a move that will effect cars not only in Germany, but those within the entirety of the European Union (EU), an amount that totals some 8.5 million cars. Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority stated that the voluntary approach that Volkswagen had originally suggested wasn’t far enough. This has forced the government agency to step in and tell Volkswagen that it would be recalling every single diesel car fitted with the cheating software. RELATED: Making Sense of Dieselgate
Speaking to the press, Germany’s transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt stated, “The Federal Motor Transport Authority is of the opinion that the software constitutes an unauthorized defeat device. Volkswagen is ordered to remove the software from all vehicles and to take appropriate measures to ensure that the emissions rules are fulfilled.”
This marks a massive blow to the already beleaguered Volkswagen. The Dieselgate scandal now includes the already affected American-sold cars, the U.S. Department of Justice criminal case, and Germany's own criminal case against Volkswagen’s executives including the former CEO Martin Winterkorn.
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In the U.S., the EPA stated that the agency expects to hear from Volkswagen within the next week with a solution to the problem. Nevertheless, California's Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a deadline of November 20th to come up with a solution. What that deadline entails isn't known, but the state could pursue legal paths and sue Volkswagen, similar to actions by Texas and West Virginia. However, any fix is likely to cause an even bigger rift between Volkswagen and its customers due to the cars getting poorer fuel economy, and worse performance.
Taking all of that into consideration, Volkswagen themselves have stated that these recalls could last until at least the end of next year giving fuel to speculation that the company cheated on other engines besides the 2.0-liter diesel.
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