California settles with company in Volkswagen emissions scandal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California on Monday settled a lawsuit against a German company stemming from the emissions scandal that plagued Volkswagen in 2015 and Fiat Chrysler two years later.

German auto supplier Bosch will pay $25 million to settle claims by the state and the California Air Resources Board in a court complaint and settlement agreement, both filed on Monday. A judge will have to sign the rules.

Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler have installed “override devices” in nearly 100,000 diesel passenger vehicles sold in California, the state previously said. several times the legal limit.

The settlement stems from certain Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles sold in the United States from model year 2016 and earlier.

The lawsuit filed on Monday said Bosch knew or should have known that automakers were violating environmental and consumer protection laws, and that Bosch had violated consumer protection laws by marketing Volkswagen and Fiat vehicles. Chrysler and its own diesel components.

“Bosch violated consumer trust by giving Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler the technology they needed to circumvent state and federal emissions testing,” Attorney General Rob Bonta said in announcing the settlement.

Air Resources Board chief executive Steven Cliff said the company’s technology “was at the heart of the car emissions cheating scandals at Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler and led directly to increased emissions. and unhealthy air, especially in neighborhoods with persistent air pollution.”

Bosch said in a statement that it “neither acknowledges the validity of the claims…nor concedes any liability.” But he said his “robust compliance systems, as well as his full cooperation” helped the settlement. He also said that since 2015, the company’s “extensive already existing compliance policies and procedures have been significantly improved”.

In addition to the $25 million, the settlement requires Bosch to change its policies and procedures and notify state officials if it finds that a manufacturer will or has used cheating technology.

California previously settled with Volkswagen nearly $1.5 billion in environmental mitigation payments, zero-emissions technology investments and other damages. The company was also required to buy back at least 85% of affected vehicles or make changes to the emissions of those vehicles.

Fiat Chrysler paid over $78 million and also had to bring at least 85% of affected vehicles into compliance.

ABC News

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