Auto parts maker Bosch to pay TN, other states millions for their role in VW emissions scandal
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III announced Friday that German auto parts manufacturer Bosch will pay the State of Tennessee $2,291,760 in consumer and environmental civil penalties.
The agreement also includes precedent-setting injunctive terms, which require Bosch to maintain programs to monitor compliance and to refuse to accommodate requests for software development and programming that could result in the installation of defeat device software.
When Volkswagen, a Bosch customer, was revealed to have systematically utilized defeat device software in its diesel vehicles in 2015, several states Attorneys General, including the Attorney General of Tennessee, began a separate investigation into the role played by Bosch.
As a result of this investigation, Slattery concluded that Bosch facilitated the implementation of the defeat device software in more than 600,000 Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler vehicles over a period that spanned more than a decade and continued to assist these customers as they implemented the defeat devices and concealed their misconduct from regulators and the public.
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Under the agreement that involved Tennessee and 49 other jurisdictions – including Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam and all states other than California, Texas and West Virginia – Bosch will pay a total of $98.7 million in civil penalties under consumer protection and environmental laws.
Bosch will also pay approximately $27.5 million to consumers who purchased or leased the affected Fiat Chrysler vehicles. Bosch earlier paid more than $275 million to consumers who purchased or leased the affected Volkswagen vehicles.