Dirty VW diesels sit in parking-lot limbo in Pontiac, Michigan
WhenVolkswagen agreed to buy back diesel cars
that violated emissions regulations, it meant that the company was going to have to find places to store the cars. And there are literally lots of cars to store, as a representative fromVolkswagen
told us that a fourth of the 475,000 cars eligible for the buyback offer have been repurchased. Those repurchased cars are being stored at "regional facilities." One of those facilities is the parking lot of the former Detroit Lions stadium, seen above, inPontiac
Andaccording to the Oakland Press
, those cars are now part of a different law violation. The paper reports that the owners of the stadium lack the required permit to store these vehicles, and now the city of Pontiac is suing. In addition to theVW
issue, the city is suing the stadium owners for various other unrelated zoning and code violations, including ones related to security and maintenance.According to Automotive News
, VW is also checking with the company that selected the location for storage to make sure permits are secured.
In the meantime, that leaves many cars parked at the site, which the VW representative told us will be maintained until they can be fixed. If they are fixed, they will then be resold. However, if a fix isn't approved, the cars will be recycled. So fara fix has been approved for 70,000 2.0-liter diesel VW products
, but that still leaves over 400,000 cars that aren't emissions-compliant. We're told that the company is currently working on getting a fix approved for the other cars. But if one doesn't come through, a lot of cars at this lot and others won't make it out alive.Related Video:
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March 24, 2017 at 04:48AM
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