California Rejects Volkswagen 3.0L V-6 Diesel Fix
CARB Says Plan to Recall Larger Diesel Engine is Insufficient
The California Air Resources Board rejected Volkswagen’s plan to recall its VW and Audi vehicles fit with a 3.0L TDI V-6.
According to a letter sent by the regulatory agency, Volkswagen and Audi’s submissions are deficient and fall “far short of meeting the legal requirements” to make the vehicles meet legal emissions standards. Furthermore, CARB claimed it would need until December to determine if a recall was even possible, and if not, Volkswagen may have to buy back the 3.0-equipped vehicles, according to Automotive News.
Unfortunately for Volkswagen, the U.S. EPA agreed with CARB, saying that the company has not presented a good enough recall plan for the affected vehicles, including the Audi A8, Volkswagen Touareg, and others. This comes just a few weeks after a Volkswagen lawyer claimed such a fix would be uncomplicated.
Volkswagen will already spend up to $10 billion to repair, recall, or buy back vehicles equipped with the 2.0L turbodiesel I-4 TDI engines. Furthermore, the company is on the hook for another $5.3 billion settlement against emissions regulations. If VW needs to add the 3.0L TDI V-6 to its buyback plans, total cost of the emissions cheating scandal could reach into the $20 billion range, excluding the cost of possible punitive or criminal damages.
Source: Automotive News