Volkswagen has been granted preliminary approval of the settlement agreement to owners and lessees of diesel vehicles found to violate clean-air laws. Eligible customers will have the option of selling back their vehicle to Volkswagen, terminating their lease without an early termination penalty, or keeping their vehicle and receiving a free emissions modification.
The latter option is only applicable if the modification ends up being approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), according to the automaker.
Customers who select any of these options under the settlement will also receive a cash payment from Volkswagen.
The settlement, which was reached June 28, covers the 2.0L TDI engines in approximately 475,000 vehicles, including 460,000 VW vehicles and 15,000 Audi vehicles.
Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer granted the approval of the settlement. It was approved with private plaintiffs represented by the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) to resolve civil claims.
Individual class members will now receive notification of their rights and options under the agreement. Volkswagen will begin the settlement program immediately after the Court grants final approval to the class settlement, which is anticipated on October 18, 2016.