Hard to talk about automobiles lately without also mentioning Volkswagen
and all the trouble it has gotten into due to an emission scandal that
erupted last month. It’s WV vs. VW now that West Virginia has filed
a civil lawsuit against the car company giant on behalf of all its residents
that feel duped. Just how much is the state asking for due to potential
pollution crimes and false advertising claims? Try $5,000 in penalties
per incident of violation.
Volkswagen was anticipating spending at least $7
billion to correct its alleged mistakes. This cost would stem from recalling vehicles
and installing new software in all 11
million affected cars. Whether or not they have set aside money for all the class
actions piling up against them is unknown.
What Did Volkswagen Do Anyway?
First of all, let’s just say that there really isn’t any speculation
left in this case. Volkswagen’s former CEO – before he
stepped down – admitted that they had knowingly installed software that could
cheat on emission tests. Known as “defeat devices”, this bit
of software is smart enough to know when the car is being smog tested,
and then curb its emission. Without this software active – say,
when you’re driving down the street – some of these “clean
diesel” engines were actually puffing out toxin levels 40 times
greater than accepted standards.
People from coast to coast and all across the world are understandably
upset. Many feel like the resale value – and therefore the original
value – of their beloved Jetta, Beetle, and others significantly
plummeted the moment this news hit. As this is an ongoing scandal, we
will all have to wait and see just how negatively affected the value of
VW’s actually is.
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