The repercussions of Volkswagen’s diesel scandal are becoming more clear as the German auto regulator is forcing VW to recall 2.4 million cars outfitted with defeat devices designed to cheat emissions testing.
The ruling overrides Volkswagen’s proposals for fixing the affected cars and avoiding a recall. Its proposals involved letting the individual owners decide whether or not they want to bring in their cars to get fixed, but the German government is now forcing the owners to get their cars fixed and will probably force VW to complete the recalls faster.
The German transport minister wanted all the cars to be fixed by the end of 2016, which doesn’t look likely, since a main component needed for the fix won’t be available until September.
“We have to be realistic,” a spokesman from the German regulator told Fortune. “There are various types of engine that need fixing and different solutions will be needed.”
Volkswagen has been given until the end of the month to tell regulators in Germany how exactly it will fix all the affected engines and cars so that they can legally pass emissions testing.
More than 2.4 million cars in Germany are affected. There is no word yet on whether or not a recall will happen in the U.S.
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