Volkswagen has announced that the fix needed for the cars fitted with emissions cheating devices is really quite simple and will take no time at all.
VW has said that any vehicles with an EA 1.6-litre engine will require a “flow transformer” to be fitted. This is essentially a mesh near the air cleaner which will allow the engine's computer to calculate the correct amount of fuel and air being combusted. Vehicles with a 2.0-litre engine will need a software update.
The manufacturer says that the fix will take just an hour. The recall for vehicles with affected engines starts in January 2016 but VW say the first fixes will take place in March 2016. They have said that the 2.0-litre vehicles will be fixed first, then the 1.6TDIs from June, and finally the 1.2-litre engines in October. This means that there will be cars on the road for at least another year with illegally high Nitrogen Oxide emissions.
Volkswagen UK issued a statement saying, “The objective for the development of the technical measures is still to achieve the applicable emission targets in each case without any adverse effects on the engine output, fuel consumption and performance. However, as all model variants first have to be measured, the achievement of these targets cannot yet be finally confirmed.
Volkswagen will ensure that the time needed to implement the technical measures is as short as possible for all customers.”
VW have also said that they intend to contact each customer individually to assess their needs during the recall and fix process to make sure that no one is disadvantaged and left immobile. They will be offering courtesy cars free of charge.
The car manufacturer is also expected to make further recalls on 3.0-litre TDI V6 engines built between 2008 and 2016 which have also had the emissions rigging software installed.
Claiming Compensation from Volkswagen
VW have said that they will try and make sure that the fix to vehicles doesn’t affect performance, fuel consumption, or value but they cannot say for sure that there won’t be a negative impact on the cars.
Slater and Gordon are still looking to see if there will be a case for a group action against Volkswagen for anyone who has suffered a loss due to the emissions scandal.
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Jacqueline Young is Head of Group Litigation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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