SAN FRANCISCO: A federal judge on Thursday gave Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) and U.S. regulators until April 21 to agree on a fix for the nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles on U.S. roadways caught up in VW’s massive emissions cheating scandal.
U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer had earlier set a March 24 deadline for Europe’s biggest automaker to explain where it stood on remediation efforts, after months of talks with the U.S. Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board.
Breyer, VW and regulators all said at Thursday’s hearing in San Francisco that progress has been made in intensive negotiations, but issues remain and no settlement has been reached yet.
The remedy could involve fixing the roughly 580,000 U.S. vehicles or buybacks and other options, Breyer said.
He did not elaborate, but one central issue is whether the EPA would accept a fix that does not completely address excess on-road emissions.