Volkswagen Is Closing In on Final Deadline for Dieselgate Fix, US Judge Says

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The Dieselgate scandal erupted in September 2015, and no vehicle has been fixed since then. That is too long, according to a federal judge.
While Volkswagen did propose a fix for its four-cylinder and six-cylinder TDI engines that were affected by the situation, authorities have yet to approve the repairs, invoking that the German corporation's plans did not adequately explain the effects of the action.

Charles Breyer, a US District Judge in San Francisco, wants a definitive answer to the situation by March 24, 2016. He stated that “six months is long enough,” and expects the German company to provide full disclosure of their findings for the fix for the Dieselgate-affected vehicles.

The new deadline puts the heat on engineers working for the German company to provide an adequate repair plan for the 600,000 affected vehicles sold in the USA.

European authorities might put more gas on that fire and impose a similar deadline on Volkswagen.

Either way, the German manufacturer is in a tight situation from a legal and image standpoint, as owners of the affected cars gather in class-action lawsuits and might oblige the company to provide compensation or buybacks.

According to Automotive News, around 500 owners in the US alone want to get Volkswagen to court over the Dieselgate situation. Government authorities have filed lawsuits against the German company, which may be forced to pay massive fines for violating the Clean Air Act.

Currently, Volkswagen is committed to resolving the issues and claims to have made progress in its attempt to reach a settlement with the US Justice Department, the EPA, and the California Air Resources Board.

The carmaker will have to do the same in 100 countries, where they have sold up to 11 million vehicles that feature several types of so-called “defeat devices,” which were programmed to trick emission testing procedures to provide lower CO2 and NOx figures for their TDI-engined vehicles.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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