Engineers at Volkswagen have proposed fitting a catalytic converter to more than 400,000 vehicles in the U.S. to comply with emissions, the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday (by means of Reuters).
The costly and lengthy repair could bring into compliance vehicles that Volkswagen admitted cheated diesel emissions test by means of an illegal “defeat device” that lowered nitrogen oxides by up to 40 times in the course of test cycles.
Officials at Volkswagen didn’t comment on the report.
Volkswagen and officials from the Environmental Protection Agency have struggled to agree on how to fix a lot more than 500,000 illegally polluting cars in the U.S. Last week, the Justice Department on behalf of the EPA sued Volkswagen for the vehicles, searching for up to $ 48 billion in damages and penalties. In announcing the lawsuit, EPA deputy Cynthia Giles stated Volkswagen had not “produced an acceptable way forward” with its proposals to fix its vehicles.
German newspapers have reported that Volkswagen may possibly be preparing to get back more than one hundred,000 cars in the U.S. if they couldn’t be repaired.
According to the Bild am Sonntag report, the catalytic converters would only be fitted to vehicles equipped with Volkswagen’s EA 189 engine. In testimony to Congress, Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn told officials that newer automobiles would only want a software update to bring those cars into compliance with the law.