The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (collectively referred to as Volkswagen). The Notice alleges that certain VW and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 include software that circumvents EPA emissions standards for air pollutants.
The press release from the EPA details the claims. “Using a defeat device in cars to evade clean air standards is illegal and a threat to public health,” said Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “EPA will continue to investigate these very serious matters.”
The problem threatens to widen beyond the claims of over 500,000 vehicles estimated to be subject to the potential recall in the United States. It is estimated in excess of 11 million vehicles may be impacted globally. Although more information will be learned in coming days, VW has identified it will need to invest significant monetary considerations to begin to address the recall issues. The company set aside 6.5 billion euros ($7.3 billion) to cover the cost of recalls and other efforts to limit the damage, trashing its profit forecast for the year in the process.
Volkswagen models subject to a potential emissions system recall include the 2009-2015 Jetta, Beetle and Golf and the 2014-15 Passat. Audi models include the 2009-2015 A3.
Consumers who have purchased any of these vehicles from 2008 to present are encouraged to learn more about the investigation and their legal rights by contacting Shamberg Johnson & Bergman.