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Monday, 29 November 2021 17:19

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Far From Over

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com

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The Volkswagen emissions scandal is apparently far from over, as the automaker looks at possibly paying billions of dollars more than it already has.

That possibility exists because the U.S. Supreme Court rejected VW's appeal of a lower court ruling that may place a "staggering liability" on the automaker.

 

Legal actions from two counties accuse Volkswagen of manufacturing 2009-2015 diesel vehicles with illegal emissions systems that caused the vehicles to pass emissions testing in the lab while polluting the atmosphere during normal driving.

 

VW appealed to the Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled Salt Lake County in Utah and Hillsborough County in Florida could sue over illegal emissions defeat devices installed on several VW models.

 

The original lawsuit filed by those two counties was dismissed in 2018 after the counties failed to convince a judge VW continued to pull the fraud each time a vehicle was brought in for service.

 

But the counties appealed to the Ninth Circuit, which reversed the dismissal by ruling software updates, dealer visits for recalls and visiting dealers for typical service kept the scam alive throughout the years.

 

Although VW argued the Environmental Protection Agency had the final call regarding emissions, the appeals court ruled the EPA regulations applied to...


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