About the Recent Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

October 7th, 2015 by

As the facts surrounding Volkswagen’s actions continue to surface, Volkswagen of Athens wants to assure our customers that you are our top priority! Although we had no knowledge of what occurred during the manufacture of the vehicles in question, Volkswagen of Athens is stepping up to do whatever is necessary to help our loyal customers through this unfortunate situation. It’s understandable that you have many questions as a result of what has happened. We don’t have all the answers yet, as we wait for the manufacturer to announce how they intend to resolve this matter, but we can share some facts with you.

What happened?

In September 2015, EPA issued a Notice of Violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen for producing and selling four-cylinder diesel cars that include a sophisticated software device that circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants. EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have collaborated on testing these cars and have determined that vehicles on the road emit up to 40 times more pollution than emission standards allow.

What vehicles are affected?
Jetta (model years 2009 – 2015)
Jetta Sportwagen (model years 2009-2014)
Beetle (model years 2012 – 2015)
Beetle Convertible (model years 2012-2015)
Audi A3 (model years 2010 – 2015)
Golf (model years 2010 – 2015)
Golf Sportwagen (model years 2015)
Passat (model years 2012-2015)
Is it true there is a stop sale on TDIs?

Right now Volkswagen has put a stop sale on all 2.0I 4-cylinder TDI vehicles (new and certified pre-owned) and we are working with the EPA to obtain approval for the MY16 2.0I TDI vehicles, which we are convinced do not have any of the issues the government has identified in other vehicles.

What should I expect if I own an affected Volkswagen diesel vehicle?

As the owner of an affected Volkswagen diesel vehicle, it is likely that you will receive a recall notice in the future. This notice will come from Volkswagen. It will provide you with information about the recall and with instructions about how to get your car repaired at no cost to you.

Can Volkswagen of Athens repair my vehicle today?

Reducing the emissions from our vehicles is a top priority for Volkswagen, but we don’t have a specific remedy to reduce those emissions ready yet. Please know that your vehicle is safe to drive. The topic under investigation is not safety related, but specific to the emissions output of the vehicle. When a remedy to reduce emissions is in place, Volkswagen will notify the consumer. There are no necessary actions for the consumer at this time.

How long until a repair is available?

Volkswagen is working to develop a remedy and will notify the consumer when it is available. As it is, Volkswagen of Athens will let you know.

What is the fix?

Volkswagen is working to develop a remedy and will notify the consumer when it is available. A specific timeframe is not yet available. As soon as a solution is put into place Volkswagen of Athens will contact you immediately.

How much will this cost to fix?

Volkswagen will be required to implement corrective action at no cost to you.

Can I turn off the defeat device?

No. The device is embedded in the software code that runs the engine control computer.

Can I continue to drive my vehicle?

Yes. These cars are safe and legal to drive. You do not need to take any action at this time.

Is EPA officially requiring Volkswagen to issue a recall now?

No. EPA expects to compel Volkswagen to issue a recall in the future to reduce the emissions impacts of these vehicles. You will be notified of that recall once Volkswagen has developed a remedial plan and EPA has approved the plan. Depending on the complexity of the repair and the lead time needed to obtain the necessary components, it could take up to one year to identify corrective actions, develop a recall plan, and issue recall notices.

Will I be required to have my vehicle repaired once it is recalled?

That depends. Some states require proof that emissions recalls have been performed prior to issuing the vehicle registration. Even in states that do not have this requirement, it is important to have emissions recalls performed because without the repairs, your vehicle may be emitting harmful pollutants in excess of the federal emission standards. Volkswagen of Athens would like to once again remind you that you are not responsible for repair costs related to an emissions recall.

What happens if my car fails the required periodic emissions tests?

It is unlikely that the presence of this device will cause your vehicle to fail. In fact, the defeat device was specifically designed to ensure that vehicles would pass inspection. The defeat device has been installed in the affected Volkswagen diesels since 2009. To date, EPA has no indication of any pattern failures with these vehicles during inspection and maintenance emission tests.

Do I need to turn in my vehicle because I am concerned about the pollution it is causing?

Volkswagen is working with the EPA to determine what steps need to be taken to change the emissions control system on the vehicle. EPA has stated that vehicle owners do not need to take any action at this time. EPA has also said that these vehicles are legal to drive and resell.

You trusted Volkswagen of Athens. Now we justify that trust.

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