WASHINGTON, January 4. /Corr. Dmitry Kirsanov/. Collective civil lawsuit filed from the US Federal government the Volkswagen group of companies. This was announced by the U.S. Department of justice that serves as both the General Prosecutor’s office.
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According to him, the defendants in this case are companies Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group of America Inc., Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations LLC, Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America Inc. All are accused of violation of the provisions of the American legislation to control emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere and the environment.
From the point of view of the plaintiff, the defendants are guilty of marketing in the us market “almost 600 thousand cars with a diesel engine”, control unit which was equipped with software that allowed them to bypass environmental standards in the United States. We are talking about a device that included at full capacity, the exhaust system only during appropriate inspection machine. During regular operation of the vehicles this 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. The scandal caused by the discovery of this trick, broke out last year.
As emphasized in the U.S. Department of justice, potentially a new lawsuit threatens Volkswagen fines, which amount to billions of dollars. Case will be heard in Federal court in Detroit (Michigan).