Volkswagen chief Matthias Müller has announced that the automaker will begin recalling its diesel-powered vehicles affected by the emissions scandal in January, estimating the task will be completed by the end of 2016.
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October 8, 2015 – The recall will begin once German authorities have approved Volkswagen’s plans to fix the vehicles, according to the Wall Street Journal. VW faces massive costs related to the emissions cheating controversy, which was ignited last month after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the automaker had installed “defeat device” software designed to cheat pollution tests in 11 million vehicles worldwide.
Müller said in an interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that Volkswagen “doesn’t need three solutions, but thousands,” since the suspect EA 189 engine was used in numerous models with country-specific variations. A software update would be enough for most vehicles, according to Müller, but others may require catalytic converters and new fuel injection equipment. VW presented potential technical solutions to Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority yesterday.
Müller added that not many Volkswagen employees were likely involved in the defeat device coverup: “According to what we know today, very few employees were involved, but naturally we will only know exactly in a few weeks, once the results of internal and external investigations are available,” he said.
Late last month, VW issued a profit warning to address potential costs of the emissions scandal, saying it would take a €6.5 billion ($7.33 billion) charge to earnings to pay for fixing up to 11 million vehicles fitted with the defeat device software.