Gov. Haslam worried about VW scandal's effect on sales, jobs at Chattanooga plant

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam speaks about the conclusion of the legislative session at a news conference at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday, April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam urged Volkswagen to quickly address consumers' worries about the company's vehicle emissions-testing scandal because of the potential impact on sales and jobs at VW's Chattanooga plant.

photo State Sen. Bo Watson is interviewed by editors during a meeting at the Times Free Press.

"My primary concern is getting Volkswagen back to where they're in a mode to sell cars," Haslam told reporters in Nashville on Monday.

Haslam's concerns come as state Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, tries to set up a Chattanooga meeting between legislators and VW officials next month.

Watson said the meeting would publicly address worries related to the automaker's efforts to defeat emissions tests on many of its diesel vehicles - including the locally made Passat - and how VW will move forward.