Starting Recall in Europe, VW Says an Emissions Retrofit May Not Work for Some Cars

By Paul Riegler on 29 January 2016
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DSC_0808As Volkswagen began recalling diesel-powered cars in Europe to bring them into compliance with emissions standards there, it admitted that it might not be able to do the same for all of its cars in the United States.

The recall involves 11 million cars worldwide but VW is no closer to a deal with U.S. environmental officials, over how to proceed, than it was several months ago. The company has yet to present a means of reducing emissions that will satisfy regulators.

The Wolfsburg-based automaker may have to buy back some of its diesels in the United States because it may not be able to develop technology to make them compliant fast enough, a lawyer for the company said at a hearing in United States District Court in San Francisco last week.

The lawyer’s comments were first reported by the New York Times.

The Volkswagen scandal, referred to as “Dieselgate” by some, broke in September when the automaker admitted using technology that allowed a car to recognize when an emissions test was in progress and lower the car’s emissions in order to pass the test. The software, installed in nearly 600,000 diesel-powered automobiles, caused them to exceed the EPA’s emissions standards when on the road.

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