NEW YORK, January 20. /Corr. Kirill Volkov/. The government of the U.S. state of new Mexico sued the German automaker Volkswagen, in respect of whom an investigation in connection with the revelations of fraud by underreporting of emissions of harmful substances in its production cars. A lawsuit filed Thursday in the court of the city of Santa Fe.
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According to the chief state’s attorney Hector Balderas, Volkswagen and its U.S. subsidiaries and divisions, selling cars equipped with software that allows you to bypass strict ecological standards of the USA, broke the laws of new Mexico. The group also is accused of misleading buyers of its cars, which believed that buy cars that meet all standards.
New Mexico became the first state in the United States, filed the lawsuit against Volkswagen for separately from the Federal government. The latter has already filed for the group to court earlier this month.
Volkswagen accused of realization in the American market of nearly 600 thousand cars with a diesel engine, the control system 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. Thus, during the tests were not recorded, for example, the level of nitrogen dioxide emissions, which can cause asthma attacks and other respiratory diseases.
The investigation into the auto giant also launched in several countries in Europe and Asia. As noted in the press release 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.