VW Faces Owner Lawsuit in Germany over Diesels

November 01, 2018 at 4:20 PM

A consumer group is invoking Germany’s new class-action lawsuit rules to sue Volkswagen Group over the company’s diesel emission cheating.

The lawsuit by VZBV (the Federation of German Consumer Organizations) is on behalf of VW owners of cars powered by EA 189 diesels. The complaint claims the group was intentionally harmed by the company’s use of software that masked real-world emission levels, Automotive News Europe reports.

VW admitted in 2015 that that it rigged 11 million diesels worldwide to emit far more pollutants in real-world conditions than during regulatory testing. The resulting scandal prompted Germany to ease the requirements for consumers to join class-action lawsuits.

VZBV says 40,000 owner have expressed interest in joining the class action before the statute of limitations expires at the end of the year. VW continues to insist there is no legal basis in Germany any claims against its diesels.