By Timothy Cama - 03/24/16 01:01 PM EDT
A federal judge has given Volkswagen four more weeks to hash out a deal with regulators to fix its diesel emissions problem with 600,000 vehicles.
At a Thursday hearing on hundreds of lawsuits against Volkswagen, Judge Charles Breyer of San Francisco said Volkswagen has made “substantial progress” toward a resolution with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and with the consumers suing the company, but did not meet the soft deadline he had set for a final agreement.
Breyer gave the parties until April 21 to come to a solution, court records show. Without resolution, he may set a court date for as early as this summer.
“Volkswagen is committed to resolving the U.S. regulatory investigation into the diesel emissions matter as quickly as possible and to implementing a solution for affected vehicles, as we work to earn back the trust of our customers and dealers and the public,” Volkswagen said in a statement about the proceedings. “We continue to make progress and are cooperating fully with the efforts undertaken ... to bring about a prompt and fair resolution of the U.S. civil litigation.”