Ok. So as assumed, first of the barrage of lawsuits has hit Volkswagen Group of America on Wednesday. The money asked in damages is $100 million by Harris County, Texas in the United States of America. The city’s air quality is below national standards, and the county attorney said the Volkswagen vehicles that skirted emission regulations set back Houston’s clean-up efforts.
The county’s court filing says,”Harris County has long been plagued with poor air quality due to emissions from various sources, ranging from industrial to vehicular traffic. Volkswagen’s deceptive acts have undermined Harris County’s efforts to improve air quality, reach attainment status, and protect our citizens.”
Volkswagen Group is under fire for tampering with some of its diesel models, allowing them to cheat EPA emissions tests. It affects 11 million of the company’s vehicles worldwide, and the county says at least 6,000 were sold in Houston.
The company admitted to using the software which helps get past the emissions test was fitted on 11 million vehicles globally. Since the scandal broke, VW’s share price has fallen by a third. The company faces fines of up to $18bn but also one of the biggest legal claims in history from customers and shareholders around the world. The company has admitted that 11m vehicles worldwide were fitted with defeat devices and is poised to recall them all. VW has said that 5m Volkswagen-branded cars are affected as well as 2.1m Audis, 1.2m Skodas, 700,000 Seats, and 1.8m light commercial vehicles.
The company has already been stripped of Wold Green car of the year for 2009 and ’10. Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com said “These models were selected as Green Car of the Year above others for compelling reasons, including high fuel efficiency, reduced carbon emissions, a fun-to-drive nature, and the ability to meet 50 state emissions requirements with advanced diesel technology. Rescinding the Green Car of the Year® awards for the VW Jetta TDI and Audi A3 TDI is unfortunate but appropriate.”