Volkswagen has admitted that the newest diesels off the production line in the US have been fitted with software that could help their exhausts run cleaner during government tests.
The ‘auxiliary emissions control” device works in a different way to the cheating device in the 2009 – 2015 models, but agencies in the US are investigating to see whether the software is designed specifically to cheat tests.
Thousands of Beetles, Golfs and Jettas remain quarantined in US ports until the investigations conclude, which will not help VW’s financial situation. Similarly, it is unwelcome news for VW dealers who will want to stock new models in place of the unsellable ones which are the subject of the defeat device emissions scandal.
Tougher Diesel Rules Needed
Germany’s Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has spoken out about the need for stricter rules around diesel engines. She wants tougher testing and regulations that are demanding enough to prove that diesels truly cause less pollution.
Hendricks also went on to say that it is likely consumers in the future will turn away from vehicles that can’t be proven to be clean.
Despite what the top bosses of Volkswagen have said, it looks like there were many managers that knew about the emissions cheating devices.
Both the US and UK management said that the decision to put the devices on vehicles was made by a few rogue engineers, but it seems this isn’t the case. Company sources have said that at least 30 managers knew about it, but this is something VW vehemently deny.
In light of yesterday’s admission in respect of “auxiliary emissions control “ devices, it becomes increasingly more difficult to believe that only software developers are to blame for cheating software.
We will have to wait and see what the investigation turns up to see what the truth really is.
If the “fix” to the diesel engines affects cars in any way, Britain could see the largest group action claim it’s ever had.
VW owners could bring several claims against the company for depreciation, running costs as cars may be less fuel efficient than an owner was originally led to believe. Until we know what the fix is likely to entail we can’t speculate on the claims at this time. We continue to press VW for answers.
Slater and Gordon are investigating the possibility of group action against VW and over 3,000 people have joined us with interest in a case being formed. If you have been affected by the VW emissions scandal and would like to register your interest, please visit our VW Emissions Scandal Litigation page and leave your details.
Jacqueline Young is Head of Group Litigation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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