Volkswagen’s failure in the case of “adulterated diesels”

Volkswagen’s failure in the case of “adulterated diesels”


Volkswagen’s failure in the case of “adulterated diesels”

Volkswagen diesels can no longer produce nitrogen at low temperatures to accommodate spare parts such as particulate filters. The software the car maker has used for this is so unacceptable that customers can even ask for their money back, the European Court of Justice suggests. The decision is another rebuke to the German carmaker’s efforts to control emissions, reports ANP.

Volkswagen designed its cars in such a way that they just fell within European emissions regulations on hot days. As soon as it was colder than 15 degrees outside, or hotter than 33 degrees, less exhaust gases were returned to the engine. As a result, parts were saved, but the most polluting nitrogen was released.

Road safety

Such intervention is only permitted if, for example, road safety would be at risk, the Luxembourg court ruled. In addition, it is allowed only in exceptional cases, when this practice would be the law. After all, it is cooler than 15 degrees for most of the year.

The case was brought by a number of Austrian customers. They can recover, the court decided. The deviation from the rules of Volkswagen “is not small. The breach of the purchase agreement is therefore not excluded in principle.

For years, Volkswagen has been facing lawsuits over cheating the emissions of ‘cheated diesels’, as they were known. For example, the manufacturer arranged its cars in such a way that they met the rules in the inspection, but not the road.

Consumers Association

The Consumers Association and the Motor Claims Foundation, which are running joint legal proceedings on behalf of consumers against fraudulent diesel manufacturers, are calling the European Court of Justice’s decision a “significant step”. According to the director of the Consumers Association Sandra Molenaar, the fact that the software used is illegal “means that consumers have bought a product that does not meet expectations”. That’s why they can break the purchase agreement or demand compensation, says Molenaar.

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