In late 2015, Volkswagen (VW) publicly admitted it had secretly and deliberately installed a defeat device – software designed to cheat emissions tests and deceive federal and state regulators – in nearly 500,000 VW and Audi branded 2.0-liter diesel vehicles and 83,000 3.0-liter diesel vehicles sold to American consumers.
On October 25, 2016 a partial settlement was approved that resolves consumer claims concerning the 2.0-liter diesel vehicles. On December 20, 2016 a preliminary second partial settlement was agreed to concerning 3.0-liter diesel vehicles and will be approved after it is published in the federal register and after the required comment period.
As a result of these partial settlements, Connecticut is expected to receive over $50 million for use towards offsetting the excess NOx emissions caused by VW’s actions through extensive mitigation projects to reduce NOx from a wide array of mobile sources.
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