New Jersey, the Fourth U.S State to File a Lawsuit against Volkswagen Related to Excess Diesel Emissions
On Friday, the New Jersey authorities filed a lawsuit against the German carmaker, Volkswagen AG and its luxury units for excess diesel emissions connected to its models. The count now goes up to four U.S. states to have taken legal action against the car maker.
Last year, VW admitted equipping millions of its diesel fueled vehicles with software that was designed to deceive the emissions tests and New Jersey was the most recent state to file a against the German car manufacturer.
The two-count complaint filed against VW accuses the company of misleading the customers as well as the regulators regarding environmental impact of the cars manufactured by the company. The state called it "one of the largest frauds in the history of the automobile industry." The complaint also said that the company marketed those vehicles as additionally eco-friendly compared to other vehicles.
John J. Hoffman, acting attorney general of New Jersey accused VW and its brands Porsche and Audi for committing an enormous fraud on the consumers and violating the state's clean air laws.
Last year, VW admitted installing illegally diesel emissions software to evade stricter pollution checks, in 580,000 diesel vehicles sold in the U.S since 2009.
The lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Hudson County said, "For the past decade Volkswagen engaged in one of the largest frauds in the history of the automobile industry."
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