Volkswagen to recall 83,000 3.0 diesel vehicles to settle allegations
Those vehicles are alleged to be equipped with “defeat devices” to cheat emissions tests, in violation of the Clean Air Act and California law.
The settlement was announced by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of California.
For the older vehicles, Volkswagen is required to offer to buy back the vehicles or terminate leases, and must also offer an emissions modification to substantially reduce emissions if one is proposed by Volkswagen and approved by regulators.
For the newer vehicles, if Volkswagen demonstrates it can make the vehicles compliant with the certified exhaust emission standards, it will have to fix the vehicles and will not be required to buy the vehicles back.
Volkswagen is also required to spend $225 million to fund projects that will reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx).
Today’s partial settlement does not resolve any pending claims for civil penalties, nor does it address any potential criminal liability.
The settlement also does not resolve any consumer claims, claims by the Federal Trade Commission or claims by individual owners or lessees who may have asserted claims in the ongoing multidistrict litigation.
The state of California has secured a separate resolution for the 3.0 liter violations that addresses issues specific to vehicles and consumers in California.
The affected older vehicles are the 2009 through 2012 Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7 diesel models.
The affected newer vehicles are the 2013-2016 Volkswagen Touareg diesels, 2013 through 2015 Audi Q7 diesels, 2013 through 2016 Porsche Cayenne diesels and 2014 through 2016 Audi A6 quattro, A7 quattro, A8, A8L and Q5 diesel models. ■