The California Air Resources Board said on Tuesday it rejected Volkswagen ‘s plan to fix 2.0-liter diesel cars fitted with the cheating software.
The US dieselgate case has just become even more complicated than it already was, as the US regulators did not agree with automaker’s technical solution for mending the 2.0-litre diesel cars that emit up to 40 times legally allowable pollution. The California Air Resources Board said VW’s proposed fix was “incomplete, substantially deficient and falls far short of meeting the legal requirements.” It also said the proposal could not be implemented soon enough. CARB made public today three separate official documents related to its actions, offering a detailed explanation of its decision: a transmittal letter, the rejection of VW’s submitted recall plan and another formal Notice of Violation. The state said VW’s recall plan contain gaps and lack sufficient detail, the descriptions of proposed repairs lack enough information for a technical evaluation and the fix do not adequately address overall impacts on vehicle performance, emissions and safety.
US Environmental Protection Agency also said in a statement it agreed with California “that Volkswagen has not submitted an approvable recall plan to bring the vehicles into compliance and reduce pollution. EPA has conveyed this to the company previously.” This rejection only applies to 2.0-litre diesels, not the 3.0-litre ones. The submission of the recall plan for the is due to CARB on February 2. A meeting between VW CEO Matthias Muller and EPA chief Gina McCarthy is due for today to further discuss the emissions scandal. “We committed to working cooperatively with CARB and other regulators, and we plan to continue our discussions when we meet with the EPA,” the German automaker stated.