12/3/2019

Prosecutors Raid VW Headquarters over Diesels

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Prosecutors in Germany raided Volkswagen AG headquarters in Wolfsburg today in an extension of the carmaker’s 4-year-old diesel emission cheating scandal.

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Prosecutors in Germany raided Volkswagen AG headquarters in Wolfsburg today in an extension of the carmaker’s 4-year-old diesel emission cheating scandal.

VW says the raids involve the company’s new “EA 288” family of 4-cylinder diesels, Reuters reports. Those engines succeeded the company’s EA 189 diesel family that VW admitted rigging to cheat on emission control tests. The company sold 11 million of the doctored diesels worldwide, including 1.5 million in Germany.

The new engines do meet European Union pollution rules and are free of any illegal emission control software, according to VW. But the company acknowledges that a software glitch has prevented the engines from indicating a failure of their exhaust particulate filters, a feature required by EU regulations.

VW says it is aware of the issue and reported it to authorities before today’s raid, Reuters reports.