Justice Dept. Sues Volkswagen Over Dieselgate
The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against Volkswagen in federal court, alleging that the German automaker installed illegal software and devices in nearly 600,000 diesel-powered automobiles that impaired the vehicles’ emissions controls, thereby causing emissions that exceeded the EPA’s standards. The suit was filed on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency against multiple Volkswagen units including Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Porsche AG, and Porsche Cars North America.
The agency alleged that Volkswagen violated the Clean Air Act by importing and selling vehicles in the United States that differed in design from what Volkswagen provided in in certifying them to the EPA and the California Air Resources Board.
“Car manufacturers that fail to properly certify their cars and that defeat emission control systems breach the public trust, endanger public health and disadvantage competitors,” said the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, John C. Cruden.
In September, Volkswagen admitted that it had installed software that would cheat on emissions tests in 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide.
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