Volkswagen has suffered yet another setback, with California rejecting its proposed fix (a catalytic converter retrofit) and the US Environmental Protection Agency chiming in to agree.
It's not yet game-over, though: California's Air Resources Board (CARB) rejected the proposal as "incomplete" rather than inadequate, and wants more information.
In this statement, CARB says it's issued a notice of violation to VW. While the decision doesn't preclude a recall in future, CARB says:
- "The proposed plans contain gaps and lack sufficient detail.
- "The descriptions of proposed repairs lack enough information for a technical evaluation."
- "The proposals do not adequately address overall impacts on vehicle performance, emissions and safety."
CARB's decision only applies to the fix offered for 2-litre engines, noting that the auto-maker has until February 2 to present its mitigation plan for 3-litre engines.
According to Bloomberg, VW will put a revised plan to the EPA on January 14.
CARB's statement adds that its decision allows "for a broader array of potential remedies," including mitigation for "past and future environmental harm" and possible penalties. ®