Court Rejects VW’s Plan to Fix Engines With Software Update
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The Schleswig Administrative Court, which already issued a similar ruling a year ago, toppled the German transport regulator’s clearance of the software for 62 older diesel models, according to environmental group DUH, which brought the case.
The judges revoked the permit that allowed VW to fix engines by updating the software instead of retrofitting them with potentially more costly hardware.
DUH argued the engine EA-189 still illegally dodges environmental rules because it switches off emission cleaning amid low temperatures, turning the updates into so-called defeat devices. VW had argued these exceptions are necessary to protect the engines from damage and that car security takes precedence.
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Volkswagen called the Jan. 17 ruling wrong and promised to appeal but said it sees “no threat” of having cars removed from roads. The company has already challenged the February 2023 ruling that is now pending on appeal.
KBA, the German transport regulator, said it cleared the permit only after ordering VW to make adjustments. The agency will review the judgment once its written version is available and then decide on any further steps.
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