WASHINGTON (Oct. 19, 2015) — The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has offered to help Volkswagen Group of America in its effort to address a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act issued Sept. 18 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In the notice, the EPA alleged that the auto maker had knowingly installed emission-test-defeating software on millions of Volkswagen and Audi turbodiesel-engine cars between model years 2009 and 2015.
According to the EPA, these vehicles emitted up to 40 times the amount of nitrogen oxides allowed under Clean Air Act limits. VW said on its website that it will notify customers of a remedy as soon as one is ready.
The ASA works with state and federal air quality administrators regularly on emissions testing and maintenance programs, said ASA President and Executive Director Dan Risley in an Oct. 19 statement.
“We have offered to provide assistance to Volkswagen,” Mr. Risley said. “ASA is interested in helping them enhance their efforts as they work through the process of resolving the current situation for the vehicle owner.”
Mr. Risley said the ASA will help VW notify independent service repairers of the information they need to repair the affected cars properly. “ASA will continue to monitor the situation and report any development that may impact the service repair industry,” he said.