Fate of thousands of recalled Volkswagens undecided

Published 7:42 am Wednesday, June 14, 2017

BRAINERD — The fate of thousands of recalled Volkswagens that are being stored in central Minnesota is undetermined.

The vehicles are being stored in Brainerd as part of a massive recall launched by Volkswagen to settle allegations that it violated the U.S. Clean Air Act.

The company admitted to installing computer software on vehicles which allowed them to emit more air pollution than legally allowed but still pass federal emissions tests.

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Volkswagen hopes to fix the vehicles’ emissions systems and resell the cars. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first has to approve the fix, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said. The cars may be recycled if the repairs aren’t approved.

Julie Kletscher lives near the former paper mill where the vehicles are being stored.