The new settlement requires the German automaker to offer to buy back vehicles as old as 2009 models. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

The EPA announced Tuesday a $225 million settlement with German automaker Volkswagen to recall 83,000 diesel vehicles after last year’s auto emissions violations.

“EPA has a public health imperative to hold Volkswagen accountable and remedy the illegal pollution their cars put into the air,” EPA enforcement chief Cynthia Giles said. “From the start, our team vigorously pursued this case to ensure these cars were fixed or taken off the road. Today we’ve secured another important settlement that delivers on EPA’s essential public health mission.”

The court settlement would effect 3.0-liter diesel cars, after a June settlement to settle emissions violations in 2.0-liter diesel autos. The new settlement requires Volkswagen to offer to buy back vehicles as old as 2009 models or spend $225 million to mitigate pollution problems. “Volkswagen will also repair newer vehicles [as new as 2016] to comply with the standards to which they were certified,” the EPA said.

The automaker admitted to installing software that only switched on pollution controls when its line of diesel cars were being tested by state and federal regulators. The violation of the Clean Air Act affected nearly 500,000 cars and has resulted in billions of dollars of fine, civil penalties and compensation to customers.

“The settlement marks another significant step in holding Volkswagen accountable for cheating Americans out of the promise of cleaner air by selling vehicles equipped with defeat devices,” said Justice Department Assistant Attorney General John Cruden. “This consent decree provides a remedy for every affected vehicle which will be removed from the road or meet enforceable standards that will reduce emissions, and will also require VW to provide additional funding to address the harmful impacts to human health and the environment from VW’s violations.”

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