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US EPA files lawsuit against VW over emissions scandal

Date: 05 January 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

The American justice department is suing Volkswagen following the emissions scandal.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the US Environmental Protection Agency on Monday, alleges that Volkswagen 'violated' clean air laws by selling cars that were different in design to those approved by the EPA.

"The complaint alleges that nearly 600,000 diesel engine vehicles had illegal defeat devices installed that impair their emission control systems and cause emissions to exceed the standards, resulting in harmful air pollution," the filing said.

"With today's filing, we take an important step to protect public health by seeking to hold Volkswagen accountable for any unlawful air pollution, setting us on a path to resolution," said assistant administrator Cynthia Giles on behalf of the EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

"So far, recall discussions with the company have not produced an acceptable way forward. These discussions will continue in parallel with the federal court action."

Volkswagen previously announced that it would set aside £4.6bn to cover the costs of the scandal, including recalling affected vehicles.