The Dieselgate Saga of 2015 continues into the new year with Volkswagen as Reuters recently reported US Justice Department just filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen for violating the Clean Air Act.
This more or less comes as a hefty rub of salt in the wound for VW as they continue to control the damage already set forth by the Dieselgate scandal, where Volkswagen is accused of fitting around 600,000 cars with an emissions cheat device to meet federal emissions regulations. What else is new?
It goes into detail by highlighting up to four total violations against the US Clean Air Act, ranging from modifying the emissions control systems of their vehicles, but also failing to report their own violations.
And the Justice Department isn’t taking this lightly since Volkswagen is also being investigated for criminal fraud allegations as a company, for misleading customers and regulators in the United States, as well as false advertising.
As of the article’s posting, Volkswagen could face fines of up to $32,500 per car affected in the scandal that happened before January 2009, and any car after could impose a fine of $37,500. That amounts to a whopping $90 billion worst-case scenario total of fines.
So Volkswagen’s woes are far from over.
– By: Chris Chin