Yet more legal problems for the beleaguered automaker
Volkswagen is being sued yet again over the dieselgate emissions cheating scandal, reports Automotive News.
Australian consumer watchdog the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is launching the lawsuit, alleging that VW sold 57,000 cars in the country that were designed to circumvent emissions regulations.
ACCC chairman Rod Sims said: “These allegations involve extraordinary conduct of a serious and deliberate nature by a global corporation.
“Volkswagen engaged in multiple breaches of the Australian consumer law by concealing software in their vehicles to cheat emissions testing and misleading consumers about the vehicles' compliance. Consumers rightly expect that their vehicle’s emissions would operate as advertised during their day-to-day use and we allege that this was not the case.”
As remedy, the ACCC wants VW to publicly admit to wrongdoing, issue advertising explaining what it did wrong, and pay an unspecified financial penalty.
An Australian law firm is also leading a class action lawsuit against VW that seeks more than A$100 million Australian (approx. $99M CAD) in damages, including the cost of replacing 90,000 vehicles fitted with the emissions cheating "defeat device."
In response to the ACCC’s ‘suit, Volkswagen Group Australia questioned the benefit it would bring to consumers, as a recall of affected cars is planned in the country as soon as new software has been approved. It is defending the class action lawsuit.
Earlier this week, VW Group’s South Korean arm dropped plans to fight a sales ban that had been put into force on 80 models across its range in the country. Authorities also levied a fine of nearly $16 million.
Meanwhile in the U.K., a parliamentary commission has released a report criticizing the response of several government bodies, which it feels should have investigated VW’s conduct and potentially launched legal action.
Committee chair, Mary Creagh MP, said: “There’s been a worrying inertia from ministers in tackling the VW scandal and they should decide whether to take legal action. They should ask the Vehicle Certification Agency to carry out tests to see whether, without the cheat devices, VW Group cars in the U.K. would have failed."