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From Products Liability Law Daily, September 29, 2015

Volkswagen unveils remediation plan for diesel engine emissions software issues

By Pamela C. Maloney, J.D.

Stressing that its diesel vehicles are technically safe and roadworthy, Volkswagen AG announced a two-step remediation plan to correct the emissions characteristics of its diesel vehicles. Full details, however, will not be available until the company presents the full plan to responsible authorities in October. Volkswagen’s announcement comes in response to the continuing controversy following the release of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report that software installed in four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants [see Products Liability Law Daily’s September 18, 2015 analysis] (Volkswagen AG News Release, September 29, 2019).

Internal investigation. An internal evaluation conducted by Volkswagen established that a service procedure is required for some five million vehicles from the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand out of a total eleven million Group vehicles worldwide. These vehicles from certain models and model years (such as the sixth generation Volkswagen Golf, the seventh generation Volkswagen Passat or the first generation Volkswagen Tiguan) are fitted with Type EA 189 diesel engines.

Remediation plan. Under the first step of the action plan, all customers whose vehicles are affected by the emissions software will be informed that the emissions characteristics of their vehicles will be corrected in the near future. Under the second step, Volkswagen and the other Group brands whose vehicles are affected will present the technical solutions and measures to the responsible authorities in October. Customers with these vehicles will be kept informed over the coming weeks and months. All of the Group brands affected will set up national websites to update customers on developments.

Class action lawsuits continue. Prior to Volkswagen’s announcement, several more putative class actions were filed in various federal district courts. For more details on pending litigation against Volkswagen, please see the story titled “Additional class actions filed against Volkswagen based on deceptive “clean diesel” testing” under the All News category of today’s issue of Products liability Law Daily.

Companies: Volkswagen AG

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