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VW Group Action: European Emissions Test Rigging and Amnesty for VW Staff

By National Practice Group Leader, Group Litigation

Volkswagen’s Chief Executive Herbert Diess has admitted that diesel cars were rigged for European tests to identify when they were on an artificial rolling road.

VW 2Herbert Diess said in an interview at the Tokyo motorshow, “The software is detecting whether the car is on the rolling road or if it's not on the rolling road, and depending on that, the mapping on the car is different.”

He also played down the emissions scandal saying that VW emissions are very similar to their competitors, but didn’t explain why they felt they needed cheating devices on their cars if this was the case.

Amnesty for VW Staff

Staff working at Volkswagen have been given amnesty from getting fired if they reveal any information about the emissions scandal.

Investigators are currently working with staff to find out the extent of the scandal and who knew about it. If any staff divulge information about rigging diesel emissions tests they won’t be dismissed from the firm. The amnesty scheme excludes high-up managers and board members.

Group Action Claims for Compensation Against Volkswagen

Slater and Gordon are still investigating the possibility of a group action claim against Volkswagen. Until we know what the modifications are going to be at recall, we cannot tell what impact it will have on vehicles.

We are still keen to hear from anyone who owns a vehicle that has been fitted with a cheat device so please get in touch via our VW Emissions Scandal page.

Jacqueline Young is Head of Group Litigation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.

Follow Jacqueline on Twitter for live updates on the VW scandal.

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