Volkswagen has announced that all vehicles affected by the emissions scandal will be recalled, with the process starting in January 2016.
VW has said that the emissions test-cheating software is present in 11 million diesel vehicles, including certain models of Skoda, Seat, Audi and Bugatti.
Newly appointed Chief Executive Matthias Mueller has said that all affected cars will be fixed by the end of 2016. He also added that only a handful of employees were actually involved in the data fixing.
The company is also looking to abandon any non-essential investment plans, or at least delay them until all vehicles have been assessed and fixed as necessary. They have stated that technical solutions were “within view” and that everything in their power would be done to keep jobs secure.
This announcement is something of a damp squib for UK car owners, who may own one of the estimated 1.2million vehicles in the UK that have been fitted with the ‘defeat device’ software. The process of VW identifying and notifying customers that their vehicle is affected is still incomplete.
No details have been given as to the ‘fix’ envisaged by Volkswagen, meaning that no real assessment can be made as to whether the proposals are acceptable, will preserve the value and performance of the car and will not expose the car owner to any further expenditure or penalty. Finally, simply stating that there is a 12 month recall and repair window, lacks the very detail that could offer a modicum of comfort and reassurance to affected car owners.
If you are a VW, Skoda, Audi, Seat or Bugatti owner or Fleet car manager and you are concerned that your vehicle may be affected, please visit our Volkswagen CO2 Emission Scandal Legal Investigation page to register your information.
Jacqueline Young is Head of Group Litigation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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