- Volkswagen AG charged with 60 counts of contravening the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.
- Volkswagen to appear in court in Ontario in December 13, 2019
- Dieselgate scandal cost VW over 30 billion dollars so far
Despite its efforts to electrify its product lineup and leave the Dieselgate scandal behind, Volkswagen is still struggling with legal battles in various countries around the world. This time, the Government of Canada is suing the German automaker for contravening the Canadian Environmental Protection Act of 1999.
According to an Environment and Climate Change Canada press release, Volkswagen AG is charged with 58 counts of contravening the Act between January 2008 and December 2015, by importing roughly 128,000 vehicles that did not conform to the country’s vehicle emissions standards. In addition, the company is charged with two counts of providing misleading information.
Volkswagen must appear in court in Ontario on Friday, December 13.
When the Dieselgate scandal broke out in September 2015, the Canadian government launched an investigation into diesel-powered Volkswagen models that were allegedly equipped with a “defeat device” or software that reduces the effectiveness of the emission control system during normal driving. However, the software would ensure that the vehicles would meet emissions regulations during inspections.
Volkswagen’s “defeat device” was installed on its 2.0-litre TDI engine that equipped Beetle, Golf, Jetta, Passat and Audi A3 models from 2010 to 2015, and on its 3.0-litre TDI engine that equipped Touareg, Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8, Audi Q5, Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne models from 2009 to 2016.
Back in 2018, BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen were also criticised for funding a research group that seeked to defend the use of diesel engines. A 2014 test involved sitting monkeys in a closed chamber and make them watch cartoons on television while they inhaled diesel fumes coming from a Volkswagen Beetle TDI.
A settlement was reached with consumers in 2017 for the 2.0-litre engine, and another settlement was reached in 2018 for owners of vehicles equipped with the 3.0-litre engine. Over in Europe, Volkswagen is facing a lawsuit brought on by some 470,000 owners over the Dieselgate scandal as well.
So far, the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal has cost VW over 30 billion dollars in recalls, vehicle replacements, restitutions and fines.
To be continued.