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South Korean Volkswagen owners sue in US over emissions fakery

The lawsuits are seeking the return of premiums paid for vehicles, the lost value of vehicles and the possible return of purchase price, minus depreciation

It may be the first effort by overseas consumers to hold the carmaker liable in a US court for selling vehicles that deliberately circumvented emission standards. Photo: AFPPremium
It may be the first effort by overseas consumers to hold the carmaker liable in a US court for selling vehicles that deliberately circumvented emission standards. Photo: AFP

Los Angeles: Volkswagen AG was sued in Los Angeles by two South Korean car buyers in what may be the first effort by overseas consumers to hold the carmaker liable in a US court for selling vehicles that deliberately circumvented emission standards.

The complaint filed Friday in federal court alleges that Volkswagen’s North American unit directed the marketing of “clean" diesel engines in South Korea and that the Passat 2.0 TDI, the best selling diesel import in the country, is manufactured in Tennessee.

The two customers seek to represent about 125,000 other South Korean owners of Volkswagen vehicles that have the so- called defeat device that lets the cars pass emission tests even though they allegedly emit as many as 20 times the allowed nitrogen oxides when driven on the road. As a result, the engines don’t comply with South Korean clean air rules, the consumers alleged.

More than 360 consumer class actions have been filed in federal courts in the US, alleging VW committed fraud. The lawsuits are seeking the return of premiums paid for vehicles with the “clean diesel" feature, the lost value of vehicles and the possible return of purchase price, minus depreciation.

Jeannine Ginivan, a spokeswoman for Volkswagen Group of America, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

A federal judge in Santa Ana, California, four years ago rebuffed an effort by foreign Toyota Motor Corp. owners to seek redress for sudden, unintended acceleration defects under US and California law

The case is Jung v. Volkswagen Group of America Inc., 15- cv-08300, US District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles). Bloomberg

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Published: 24 Oct 2015, 05:58 PM IST
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