The Federal Motor Transport Authority – or KBA when translated and
abbreviated in the company’s native language, Deutsch – of
Germany has recently rejected Volkswagen’s (VW) proposal to voluntarily
repair their vehicles caught up in the ongoing emissions scandal.
Earlier this year, when upwards of 11
million VW cars were found to have been using defeat devices to essentially lie
on emissions tests, the automaker giant started talking about how to fix
the engines themselves. It seems that when actions were not immediately
taken, the KBA lost patience and used their authority in a rarely-seen
power play. Instead of waiting for them to make a move, the KBA has created
a mandatory recall that should affect about 8.5 million VW cars.
Rather than proceeding at their own pace and repairing cars that consumers
voluntarily take into VW shops, the recall will force VW to correct all
of their engines. Ultimately, this will come as a greater cost to the
company and also address the issue much faster. The recall will begin
in January 2016 and be closely monitored by the KBA for effectiveness.
Models affected by the recall include, so far:
- Jetta TDI (2009-2015)
- Jetta SportWagen TDI (2009-2014)
- Golf TDI (2010-2015)
- Golf SportWagen TDI (2015)
- Beetle TDI (2012-2015)
- Beetle Convertible TDI (2012-2015)
- Passat TDI (2012-2015)
Recalls Across the Seas
Even though the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is
being heralded as one of the leading parties that discovered the effects
of the defeat devices in VW’s vehicles, the U.S. has yet to demand
a mandatory recall. This could be due to the fact that the EPA is still
testing certain vehicles to determine exactly what must be repaired or
replaced to correct the vehicles in question. It should also be noted
that there is virtually no risk of a statute of limitations stopping the
EPA from creating a recall against VW, so they can take their time and
be thorough in their investigation.
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