The most populous US state, a well known fair haven for environmentalists, has now prompted German automaker Volkswagen AG to deliver a repair strategy by November 20 for diesel-powered cars.
The affected cars are part of the carmaker’s rigged emissions tests scandal, according to a spokesperson for the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Back in September the Environmental Protection Agency accused the company of cheating on emissions tests for diesel powered autos and once the Germans admitted to the use of illegal software to pass the tests the biggest crisis in its 78-year history has started to unfold. Now the automaker has said up to 11 million vehicles worldwide were equipped with the illegal “defeat” device and need a technical fix to address the potential use of the software that manipulates emissions control systems.
The CARB spokesperson added the deadline equals to 45 business days since September 18, when the regulator sent an in-use compliance letter. The first reports about the California deadline came from a group of German newspapers, which cited Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board. The media also said the authorities in California were now also probing other diesel models manufactured by other carmakers to see if they upheld regulations. “We will publish the results within the next few months,” commented Nichols about the investigation. The crisis that has engulfed VW AG has wiped off around a third of its market value, forced the resignation of long-time chief executive officer Martin Winterkorn and also prompted regulatory scrutiny all around the world.