Volkswagen admission that it falsified output of carbon emissions from diesel cars has owners fighting mad. Around 11 million vehicles in the U.S. were affected and Volkswagen has set aside $7.2 billion to cover costs of the massive recalls.
What you need to know:
Recall: Volkswagen is recalling the vehicles after it was discovered the company programmed engine management software in some diesel cars to turn on emission controls only when being tested. Once those cars were put on the road, they would run up to 40 times more emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency said. Volkswagen is also halting the sales of some of its cars within the U.S.
- Jetta (Manufacturing year 2009 – 2015)
- Jetta Sportwagen (MY 2009-2014)
- Beetle (MY 2012 – 2015)
- Beetle Convertible (MY 2012-2015)
- Audi A3 (MY 2010 – 2015)
- Golf (MY 2010 – 2015)
- Golf Sportwagen (MY 2015)
- Passat (MY 2012-2015)
Can I keep driving my car? If you own one of these vehicles, you’re fine to keep driving it for now, the EPA said. It remains unclear how VW will address the problem but experts said changes will likely make the car use more fuel and hurt performance.
EPA says: “It is incumbent upon Volkswagen to initiate the process that will fix the cars’ emissions systems,” EPA said. “Car owners should know that although these vehicles have emissions exceeding standards, these violations do not present a safety hazard and the cars remain legal to drive and resell. Owners of cars of these models and years do not need to take any action at this time.”
What about compensation?
What to do first: Know your engine’s model. The problem vehicles have the Type EA 189 engines. If you have that model in your vehicle, you will need the repair and could receive additional compensation.
Then: Wait and see on how any payments are handled. The money set aside by VW is to “win back the trust of our customers,” the company said Tuesday, but how that will get in the hands of the owners remains to be seen.
Unknowns: Another unknown is how VW will get owners to comply with the recall. This could result in state’s not allowing owners to purchase license plates until they show the problems are repaired. And, people wanting to sell their VWs could find options limited unless the issue is fixed.