NEW YORK, October 20. /Corr. Alexey Kachalin/. In the investigation of the German automobile group Volkswagen, caught using software that allows you to bypass strict environmental standards, participate the Prosecutor General’s office 45 U.S. States and the district of Columbia.
A leading role was assumed by the state office of public Prosecutor of new York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington, and Tennessee, separated from other conducting investigations into the States of California and Texas. They all are ready for a long battle and predict automotive giant fines and the need to pay compensation in the amount of tens of billions of dollars. This was reported by news Agency Associated Press.
Volkswagen was at the center of a scandal after the discovery in the car group with diesel engines software that allows you to bypass strict ecological standards of the USA. The investigation into the auto giant launched in several countries in Europe and Asia. As noted in the statement by Volkswagen, the problem of falsifying data environmental tests on the content of harmful substances in exhaust gases of vehicles affected to 11 million cars worldwide.
We are talking about the device that includes the full capacity of the exhaust system only during appropriate inspection machine. During normal car operation, the system is partially disabled. Thus, during the test is not fixed, for example, the level of nitrogen dioxide emissions, which can cause asthma attacks and other respiratory diseases.
In connection with the incident, the head of the concern Martin Winterkorn resigned from his post, and German prosecutors launched an investigation into his activities. In September, American authorities announced the decision to require Volkswagen to recall 482 thousand cars of brands Volkswagen and Audi sold in the US in the period 2009-2015.