Volkswagen settles diesel emission claims with U.S. state Maryland for $33.5m

Team SoOLEGAL 26 Apr 2018 8:24pm

Volkswagen settles diesel emission claims with U.S. state Maryland for $33.5m

Washington: Troubled German Automar, Volkswagen AG which has received worldwide adverse publicity for lying about emission spewed by its cars , has now  reached a $33.5 million settlement with  U.S.Maryland over state claims related to excess emissions ,as per court documents.

Earlier Volkswagen had agreed to pay $750 million and more to settle claims with various state environmental and consumer bodies. In all, VW is spending more than $25 billion in the United States to settle claims from owners, environmental regulators, states and dealer. Further it has offered to buy back about 500,000 polluting U.S. vehicles. The settlement of Maryland settlement has $29 million cash payment component.

VW cars sold in America were found to be having a "defeat device" - or software - in diesel engines that could sense when they were being tested, modifying the performance accordingly to improve results. The German car giant has admitted to cheating emissions tests in the US.

This revelation follows VW major push to sell diesel cars in the US which was done through heavy marketing spend. The campaign focused on low emission of the vehicle. The U.S's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that 482,000 cars which included cars like Audi A3, and the VW models Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Passat were fitted with these cheat device. But VW went on to admit that about 11 million cars worldwide, including eight million in Europe, were fitted with the so-called "defeat device". EPA charged VW of using modifying software on the 3 litre diesel engines fitted to some Porsche and Audi and other cars made by German auto maker. The charges were denied by VW.


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