Recently, it was reported that Volkswagen had reached a preliminary settlement in the “Dieselgate” scandal where the company would buy back vehicles from owners. However, that may not be the case in certain states. In California, they are working to keep as many of the affected cars on the road as possible by implementing a fix.
Volkswagen AG and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will begin testing fixes for the cars affected by the “Dieselgate” scandal that broke last year. This could help the German automaker prevent having to buy back as many as 475,000 of the estimated 550,000 vehicles sold in the United States.
CARB board chair Mary Nichols said that the agency is working with the automaker to test potential fixes on three generations of their 2.0 liter vehicles. The pollution control systems for these vehicles were only designed to work during government testing.
If successful, Volkswagen could help repair the reputation and financial damage done by the scandal.
Complying with the terms of the $14.7 million dollar settlement means that the company must offer to buy back cars sold in the United States between 2008 and 2016 that had the 2.0 liter engines designed to cheat government emissions tests.
However, if Volkswagen can offer a repair that will bring the cars into compliance, they can offer that fix, instead of offering to buy back the cars sold. This could possibly reduce the costs of the settlement to the automaker.
If you have been affected by the Volkswagen scandal buy purchasing an affected vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the “Strong Arm” attorneys at John Foy & Associates. Our attorneys will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.