US rejects VW recall proposals

Volkswagen’s plans to recall diesel cars fitted with emissions ‘cheat’ devices are too little, too late, according to the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

The board said VW proposals weren’t fast enough and did not ‘adequately’ deal with the performance, emissions and safety issues.

Mary Nichols, head of CARB, said, ‘Volkswagen made a decision to cheat on emissions tests and then tried to cover it up.

‘They continued and compounded the lie and when they were caught they tried to deny it. The result is thousands of tons of nitrogen oxide that have harmed the health of Californians. They need to make it right.’

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added that VW had ‘not produced an acceptable way forward’.

In response, Volkswagen said, ‘Today’s announcement addresses the initial recall plans Volkswagen submitted to CARB in December. We are committed to working co-operatively with CARB and other regulators, and we plan to continue our discussions when we meet with the EPA.’