The United States is suing Volkswagen for allegedly violating U.S. federal environmental laws by installing illegal software in thousands of its diesel vehicles and cheating on emissions tests.
The U.S. Justice Department, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, on Monday filed a civil complaint against the German automaker, as well as Porsche and Audi, both part of the Volkswagen Group.
The complaint, filed in Detroit, Michigan, alleges that Volkswagen breached the Clean Air Act, a major environmental law aimed at reducing air pollution, by selling nearly 600,000 diesel-engine vehicles in the U.S. that were equipped with devices that deliberately circumvented U.S. regulations on emissions, “resulting in harmful air pollution.”
“Car manufacturers that fail to properly certify their cars and that defeat emission control systems breach the public trust, endanger public health and disadvantage competitors,” said Assistant Attorney General John Cruden, head of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, in a statement. “The United States will pursue all appropriate remedies against Volkswagen to redress the violations of our nation’s clean air laws alleged in the complaint.”