Suit filed against Volkswagen
A domestic environmental group has filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen over the company’s cheating on emissions readings.
It is the first public-interest lawsuit in China related to pollution from automobile exhaust. The group said it hopes to attract attention to the need to supervise motor vehicle exhaust.
China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation, an NGO based in Beijing, said it entered the case against the German auto giant because it “produced the problematic vehicles for the pursuit of higher profits and circumvented Chinese laws, which has worsened the air pollution and affected public health and rights”.
The company has admitted that it installed software on diesel engines that switched pollution controls on when the vehicles were tested but switched them off during driving to achieve higher fuel efficiency.
In China, 1,950 imported vehicles were equipped with the software, and VW has said it will recall them.