Only around 10 per cent of affected have been fixed, so far.
Volkswagen has said it will complete a European recall to fix emissions cheating software by the end of 2017, Automotive News Europe reports.
European Union Consumer Commissioner Vera Jourova met with VW board member Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz on Wednesday to discuss what the German automaker is doing for consumers affected by the Dieselgate scandal.
In a statement released after the deal was struck, Jourova said: “Volkswagen committed to an EU-wide action plan today, which is an important step towards a fair treatment of consumers.”
The statement went on to add that she “will closely monitor this commitment and continue to work with consumer organizations, authorities and Volkswagen.”
Volkswagen began a recall to implement a fix for the emissions cheating “defeat device” at the start of this year, but it recently emerged that only about 10 percent of affected cars had thus far been repaired.
A total of 8.5 million vehicles in Europe are affected, across the Volkswagen Group. Around 5.5 million of those, fitted with 1.2-litre and 2.0-litre versions of the EA189 turbo diesel engine at the center of the scandal, only need a software patch. The remaining three million cars with the 1.6-litre EA189 motor require a mesh to be installed near the air filter.
Under its new commitment, VW will fix every affected car by fall 2017 and offer owners “proof of conformity," showing that the car meets nitrogen oxide emissions standards.
Meanwhile, VW is still facing calls from EU officials to offer European owners compensation. A deal in the United States worth $15 billion USD could see individual owners given payouts of thousands of dollars. VW argues similar payouts in Europe are unnecessary as it did not breach consumers regulations, and the residual values of affected cars have not been affected.
Speaking after VW's new commitment was announced, an EU official said it was not the Consumer Commissioner's place to order compensation to be paid. Instead, he said, it was a matter for national authorities within the EU to pursue whatever action they feel necessary.
Source: Automotive News Europe