28 September 2015
VW Scandal - What are the latest developments?
This weekend saw more information come to light on the fast developing VW emissions scandal.
Paul Willis, managing director of Volkswagen Group UK said that there are 1.3m engines of the type that are affected in the UK, although it is not yet clear if the emissions software is running in all of them.
VW have said that they hope to be in a position this week to tell UK customers if their vehicle has been affected.
Of the other developments, the following are notable:
- VW faces potential fines of up to $18bn in the USA
- German newspaper Bild am Sonntag states that VW’s own internal investigations have found a letter from 2007 from Bosch who supply VW with the emissions software warning them not to use the ‘Defeat Device’ software during regular operation.
- A different German newspaper, Frankfurter Allemeine Sonntagszeitung said that a VW technician raised concerns about illegal practices related to emission level in 2011.
- Switzerland has banned the sale of VW diesel cars, a move which is thought to affect 180,000 cars yet to be sold or registered in the country.
- VW owners’ cars could face increases to their fuel bills of up to £100 a year if the Vehicle Certification Agency, the UK’s emissions testing watchdog, demands modification to affected pollution control systems, The Times reports.
Slater and Gordon are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide regular updates.
Slater and Gordon are investigating the possibility of UK consumers bringing legal action against Volkswagen. If you think you have been affected, please visit our Volkswagen CO2 Emission Scandal Legal Investigation.
Jacqueline Young is Head of Group Litigation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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