AG JIM HOOD ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH VOLKSWAGEN OVER EMISSIONS FRAUD- Mississippi to receive $2.5 million in compensation
Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that Mississippi and 42 other states and jurisdictions have agreed to a $570 million settlement with Volkswagen over the automobile manufacturer’s sale of vehicles equipped with software designed to circumvent federal and state emissions standards.
Mississippi will receive $2.5 million. The agreement is among a series of state and federal settlements that provide cash payments to affected consumers and require Volkswagen to buy back or modify certain VW and Audi 2.0-liter diesel vehicles. More than 1,000 vehicles in Mississippi are covered in the settlement.
“Volkswagen lied to its customers and to the American people about the emissions levels in its diesel vehicles,” Attorney General Hood said. “The company’s actions harmed our environment, all in an attempt to skirt pollution standards and generate more profits. This settlement requires the company to pay consumers harmed by its scheme and institute environmental programs to offset the damage caused by its misrepresentations. I’m glad to have worked with a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general to reach this agreement.”
A multistate investigation confirmed that Volkswagen sold more than 570,000 2.0- and 3.0-liter diesel vehicles in the United States equipped with “defeat device” software intended to circumvent applicable emissions standards for certain air pollutants. Volkswagen actively concealed the existence of the defeat device from regulators and the public. Volkswagen made false statements to consumers in their marketing and advertising, misrepresenting the cars as environmentally friendly or “green,” and stating that the cars were compliant with federal and state emissions standards, when, in fact, Volkswagen knew the vehicles emitted harmful oxides of nitrogen (NOx) at rates many times higher than the law permitted.
Under today’s settlement, Volkswagen must institute a restitution and recall program for more than 475,000 owners and lessees of 2.0-liter diesel vehicles from model years 2009-2015. This includes 1,025 vehicles in Mississippi. Affected car owners will receive at least $5,100 in restitution from the company and a choice of a buyback of the vehicle or a modification to the vehicle that, if approved by regulators, would reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.
Lessees and sellers who sold their affected vehicles after Sept. 18, 2015, will also be eligible for benefits and restitution.
In addition, Volkswagen must pay $2.7 billion to support environmental programs intended to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide and mitigate the total excess emissions from the flawed VW vehicles. Volkswagen must also commit to invest $2 billion over the next decade to the development of nonpolluting cars known as Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEVs).
Today’s action resolves consumer protection claims raised by attorneys general against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Porsche AG and Porsche Cars, North America, Inc. – collectively referred to as Volkswagen. They also resolve actions against Volkswagen brought by the federal government, California and car owners in private class action suits.
The list of affected vehicles:
2.0 Liter Diesel Models
|EPA Test Group||Vehicle Make and Model(s)|
|VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagen|
|2010||AVWXV02.0U5N||VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagen, Audi A3|
|2011||BVWXV02.0U5N||VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagen, Audi A3|
|2012||CVWXV02.0U5N||VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagen, Audi A3|
|2013||DVWXV02.0U5N||VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible, VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagen, Audi A3|
|2014||EVWXV02.0U5N||VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible, VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagen|
|CVWXV02.0U4S DVWXV02.0U4S EVWXV02.0U4S||VW Passat|
|2015||FVGAV02.0VAL||VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible, VW Golf, VW Golf Sportwagen, VW Jetta, VW Passat, Audi A3|