Volkswagen Diesel Scandal: Car Company Faces Criminal Charges?

Aug 17, 2016 11:40 AM EDT | Eve C.


The news about Volkswagen Diesel scandal has been online for quite a while but the readers may be shocked to know that the car company might face criminal charges.

According to Car and Driver blog, Volkswagen is now troubled after cheating on diesel emission tests. The car company has been promoting a "clean diesel" emission but it looks like they are still producing toxic vapors.

The Environmental Protection Agency found out that Volkswagen has installed a software to surpass the fail level. As per EPA and the California Air Resource Board, the German car company is the latest to be on the headlines, aside from diesel models from Audi and Porsche.

As a result, the Wall Street Journal reported that Volkswagen violated a law and might face criminal charges for "wrongdoings" after an extensive investigation. The United States Depart of Justice is yet to confirm the violation.

Meanwhile, some in-the-know insiders revealed that lawyers and US prosecutors from Volkswagen are in the middle of negotiations. They are allegedly planning to lessen the damage by offering a settle, but could result in even more financial penalties.

The anonymous sources went on to explain that a preliminary meeting has been set before 2016 ends. Volkswagen begins to learn from their mistake by recalling the products with the installed cheating software.

On the other hand, the company must also pay around $15 billion to buy affected vehicles back from customers. Aside from that, the budget covers to end leases early, invest in zero-emission technology and fix affected vehicles.

Deputy attorney general Sally Yates said apparently that they are exerting their effort for the investigation.

"Our criminal investigation remains active and ongoing. We will follow the facts wherever they go and we will determine whether to bring criminal charges against any companies or individual wrongdoers," quotes Guardian.

The public awaits the outcome of the investigation. Volkswagen is yet to comment on the diesel cheating scandal.

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