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Emissions scandal: Volkswagen to propose fix in October

Emissions scandal: Volkswagen to propose fix in October

Volkswagen said that in October it will propose a fix to the diesel cars it rigged with manipulative software to fool regulators into believing the vehicles were compliant with emissions regulations. The automaker said that “in the near future” it will begin notifying owners of the 11 million vehicles affected by the software, which causes the cars to emit harmful pollutants at rates of up to 40 times U.S. standards.

The company did not provide any information on how long it expects the fix to take or whether it plans to offer compensation to vehicle owners. The process is complicated by the fact that government regulators will have to approve any proposed fix. It’s unclear how the fix will affect the fuel economy and general performance of the cars involved in the scandal, though some industry experts expect the cars’ fuel economy ratings to fall.

“Customers with these vehicles will be kept informed over the coming weeks and months,” Volkswagen said in a statement. In the U.S., the deceptive software affects the four-cylinder diesel versions of the 2009-15 Jetta TDI, the 2009-14 Jetta SportWagen TDI, the 2010-15 Golf TDI, the 2012-15 Beetle TDI, the 2012-15 Beetle Convertible TDI and the 2012-15 Passat TDI.

The scandal erupted Sept. 18, when the Environmental Protection Agency exposed the so-called defeat device after researchers at the International Council on Clean Transportation and West Virginia University discovered the violations. Volkswagen admitted to installing the software in a stunning acknowledgment that toppled the automaker’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, and triggered numerous lawsuits and government investigations.

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