FTC investigating VW for advertising claims for cars marketed as “clean diesels”
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has initiated an investigation into German automaker Volkswagen (VW)’s advertising claims that its diesel vehicles were “clean diesels,” even though the company had deliberately rigged the vehicles to cheat emission tests.
VW’s ‘diesel emissions cheating’ came to light last month when it was found that the automaker had installed ‘defeat device’ software – to pass emission tests – on its diesel vehicles sold in the US between 2009 and 2015. The company eventually admitted that the ‘defeat device’ software has been installed on nearly 11 million of its diesel vehicles sold worldwide.
According to FTC spokesman Justin Cole, the agency is coordinating with the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate into VW’s “clean diesels” claims while advertising its rigged diesel vehicles.
Both the DoJ and the EPA had opened their own formal investigations into VW’s “clean diesels” claims in September.
Along with the investigations currently underway into VW in the US, Germany and a few other countries, the automaker also faces more than 280 class-action lawsuits in different countries. It is possible that some of the VW executives may face charges.
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