VW lays out step one in a plan to fix diesel mess

CARB Has 20 Days To Respond

On Friday, Volkswagen its submitted a plan to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on how the German automaker expects to recall its nearly half-million diesel vehicles outfitted with that infamous cheat software. CARB now has as many as 20 days to review the plan. The state's response is key because about 60,000 of those cars were sold in California, according to Automotive News.

The recall must fix the software issue as well as "address the safety, drivability, vehicle durability and fuel efficiency of the cars involved," according to VW's submission to CARB. While reviewing the plan, CARB can also consult with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The vehicles in question are 2.0-liter diesel vehicles for the model years between 2009 and 2015. CARB spelled out some details of the recall proposal here.

Worldwide, about 11 million vehicles are believed to include the cheat software, which was made public when the diesel scandal blew up in September. Late last week, VW and Audi officials informed EPA members that 3.0-liter diesel engines also contain the cheat software, meaning that an additional 85,000 or so VWs, Audis and Porsches may also be part of the growing scandal. These vehicles are not a part of the fix VW sent to CARB.

Additionally, last week, VW of America CEO Michael Horn apologized to automotive media at the Los Angeles Auto Show about the scandal. He said that the $1,000 Goodwill Package of gift cards and roadside assistance that the automaker has offered impacted VW owners has been taken up by more than 120,000 VW diesel owners.

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