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Feds Sue Volkswagen Over Diesels In Sign Of Stand-Off
  |Tuesday, 5 January 2015|Economy| Page Views : 455



  The U.S. government sued Volkswagen on Monday over 600,000 vehicles with fraudulent emissions software, signaling it was unsatisfied with the German auto giant’s proposed solutions.

While the federal lawsuit filed in Detroit contained no new allegations, it opened a new legal front against VW, with the government now asking a judge to force the automaker to act or levy fines that could reach the tens of billions.

VW has admitted it installed emissions software in 11 million vehicles worldwide that would sense when a vehicle was being tested, letting up to 40 times the allowed levels of harmful nitrous oxides escape during normal driving. VW has proposed fixes to European and American officials, but has not detailed what those fixes would include for U.S. owners.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday those fixes were not enough.

“So far, recall discussions with the company have not produced an acceptable way forward,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance assurance at EPA.

In a statement, Volkswagen said it “will continue to work cooperatively with the EPA on developing remedies to bring the TDI vehicles into full compliance with regulations as soon as possible.” The models involved in the violations include the 2009 to 2016 Volkswagen Golf, Jetta, and Passat, as well as the Audi A6 and A7 Quattro.

The EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice said the civil lawsuit would not preclude potential criminal charges against VW or its executives. The Obama administration has settled cases against General Motors and Toyota for botched safety recalls.

“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 John C. Cruden, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

Last month, VW hired Kenneth Feinberg to run a claims program for owners of affected vehicles in the United States, similar to one that he oversaw for victims of GM’s ignition defect.

Source Justin Hyde- Yahoo Autos,Yahoo News



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