EPA Approves Volkswagen Fix for 2009-2014 TDI Diesel Models
Company Will Roll Out Repairs For Customers Who Don't Want Buyback
Volkswagen received the go-ahead from the EPA to repair the emissions systems of more than 300,000 diesel-powered TDI vehicles. The emissions modification, which applies to model-year 2009–2014 Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, and Beetle (as well as 2010–2013 Audi A3) vehicles, will comprise a software and hardware update to bring the cars into compliance with emissions regulations. The fix applies to VW’s Generation One 2.0L turbodiesel I-4, as the company has already rolled out a solution for the Generation Two, which was installed in 2015 TDIs.
The emissions fix will be available to customers who chose not to sell their vehicles back to Volkswagen. Earlier this year, the company offered owners and lessees of the affected diesels the full retail value of their cars as of August 2015, just before the scandal broke. However, some owners seemingly put their faith in an unconfirmed Volkswagen fix, electing to keep their vehicles in hopes they could be repaired. VW will begin notifying those owners of the fix, which will be carried out free of charge to TDI customers.
The repair entails both a software and a hardware change, according to the EPA. The software will be updated to remove the “defeat device” that Volkswagen admitted to installing in its 2009–2015 2.0 TDI vehicles. The device could sense when a vehicle was in a laboratory or regulatory test setting, artificially reducing emissions in the lab while allowing increased emissions out on the road. In conjunction with the software update, Volkswagen will replace the affected vehicles’ NOx catalyst and, for 2009 models, certain other emissions equipment.
“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,” read a statement released by the company. “This important milestone means that an approved emissions modification is now available for more than 98 percent of eligible 2.0L TDI vehicles in the United States.
“Eligible customers will be notified that they can receive a modification free of charge at their preferred dealership if they want to keep their vehicles.”
Source: Environmental Protection Agency, Volkswagen