U.S. approves fix for more than 300,000 VW diesels

U.S. approves fix for more than 300,000 VW diesels

U.S. approves fix for more than 300,000 VW diesels

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board approved a fix for 326,000 Volkswagen diesel cars, the companies and the automaker stated.

Mechanical fixes include the replacement of an emission catalyst and, for 2009 model year vehicles, the replacement of the glow plug control module and diesel particulate filter.

The world's biggest automaker will still have to obtain approval for a resale prepare for the 2009-2014 design diesel automobiles after carrying out fix works - something that is anticipated in the coming weeks - however the fix is a significant turning point for the business that aims to move forward its diesel emissions crisis.

"Volkswagen is pleased that it has received regulatory approval to offer affected customers in the United States an approved emissions modification (AEM) for approximately 326,000 Generation One 2.0L TDI vehicles with automatic and manual transmissions", the manufacturer said in a statement.

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Volkswagen has been under fire from USA regulators since the company admitted in 2015 to programming its diesel cars to trick emissions testers into believing the engines released far less pollution into the air than they actually do, in violation of the federal Clean Air Act.

In March, Volkswagen pleaded guilty to three felonies in a US court and admitted it used secret software that allowed vehicles to emit pollution at up to 40 times the legal limit. Thursday's approval means that the automaker can now offer hardware and software upgrades and compensation to owners.

The U.S. government has indicted six present and former Volkswagen executives and charged the company with three criminal felony counts for what regulators called a 10-year conspiracy to rig hundreds of thousands of diesel cars to cheat U.S. emission standards.

Volkswagen agreed a year ago to offer to buy back up to 475,000 diesel vehicles with 2.0-liter engines that had been sold in the United States, including the vehicles that won approval on Thursday for a fix.

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"VW's fix to their rigged diesel cars adds insult to injury, forcing consumers to spend more on fuel if they want to get their cars fixed", said David Friedman, director of cars and products for Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization arm of Consumer Reports.

The vehicles involved in this fix make up the bulk of VW's diesel crisis in the U.S. These "Generation One" models, from the 2009 to 2014 model years, were the oldest vehicles involved in the scandal. Affected models include 2009-2014 Jettas, 2010 to 2014 Golfs, 2012 to 2014 Beetles, and 2010 to 2013 Audi A3 vehicles.

Volkswagen has agreed to spend up to $25 billion to address claims from USA owners, environmental regulators, states and dealers, and offered to buy back about 500,000 polluting US vehicles, including some larger 3.0 liter vehicles.

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