CARB, EPA Reject Volkswagen's Fix for 2-liter Diesels

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

The California Air Resources Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rejected Tuesday Volkswagen’s proposed fix for its illegally polluting 2-liter diesel engines and said the automaker’s plan lacked enough detail and information.

“Volkswagen made a decision to cheat on emissions tests and then tried to cover it up,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “They continued and compounded the lie and when they were caught they tried to deny it. The result is thousands of tons of nitrogen oxide that have harmed the health of Californians. They need to make it right. Today’s action is a step in the direction of assuring that will happen.”

According to a letter sent to Volkswagen, the automaker’s plans were “incomplete, substantially deficient, and fall far short of meeting the legal requirements.”

The rejection letter was accompanied by a new notice of non-compliance for the automaker’s diesel vehicles. It’s unclear from the notice whether Volkswagen faces additional penalties for submitting a rejected proposal.

In a statement, Volkswagen said it was meeting with CARB and EPA regulators to discuss a potential fix, and that the rejection applied to a plan that it sent in December.

The rejection is the latest chapter of an ongoing saga between the automaker and regulators to fix nearly 500,000 cheating cars. Last month, the EPA filed a lawsuit against the automaker, seeking billions in damages, and said officials at Volkswagen were withholding information vital to fix their cars.

In an interview with NPR, Volkswagen chief Matthias Müller said the automaker didn’t intentionally cheat, but rather that the company misunderstood the law.

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  • Kosmo Kosmo on Jan 13, 2016

    Advice to Muller: Anybody: Could we get an interview, Mr. Muller? Muller: I am sorry, but no, I am devoting all available time to fixing this problem we have caused. It's simple. Be polite, be apologetic, and BE FIXING THE PROBLEM IN A TIMELY MANNER. He is blowing this up to the point that it will end up being quietly settled at the Secretary of State level -- though that will never appear to be the case. And if that happens, VW will pay a huge debt to Ms. Merkel somewhere down the road.

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    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Jan 13, 2016

      @Pch101 I am in agreement.

  • Zip89123 Zip89123 on Jan 13, 2016

    I love it. A bunch of government appointee's without a background in anything but Brown nosing making rules for everyone else without qualifications.

  • Storz Storz on Jan 13, 2016

    Think this rejection improves the odds of a buy back from VW?

  • George B George B on Jan 13, 2016

    Seems to me that there are many different variants of the Volkswagen 2.0 liter diesel. Surprised that Volkswagen wasn't able to get approval for changes to get the most recent ones, the ones with DEF hardware, into compliance with at least the EPA regulations. Not surprised that Volkswagen is having more trouble engineering a retrofit kits for the older models without DEF hardware. Not trivial to add the fluid tank to several different models.