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Wednesday 18 January 2017
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Dieselgate Fallout: VW Seeks Whistleblowers

Dieselgate Fallout: VW Seeks Whistleblowers

Volkswagen wants to speed up its internal investigation into its diesel emissions scandal, and to do it, it’s giving whistleblowers until November 30th to come forward. The latest report comes from Reuters.

So far, it’s apparently been slow going as the automaker tries to figure out who knew what and when they knew it. Back in September, VW admitted it had used defeat devices to cheat emissions tests in 2.0-liter TDI engine vehicles. Now a second investigation is underway involving 3.0-liter TDIs after the U.S. EPA delivered a second notice of Clean Air Act Violations.

Under VW’s whistleblower program, workers who get in touch with internal investigators no later than Nov. 30th will be exempt from dismissals and damage claims, according to a letter from VW brand chief Herbert Diess to staff seen by Reuters.

“We are counting on your cooperation and knowledge as our company’s employees to get to the bottom of the diesel and CO2 issue,” Diess was quoted as saying in the document. “In this process, every single day counts.”

VW has hired advisory firm Deloitte and U.S. law firm Jones Day to investigate under what circumstances the company installed software into diesel cars that changed engine settings to reduce emissions whenever the vehicle was put through tests.

A source at VW said the company originally wanted to run the whistleblower program through the end of the year but, encouraged by recent positive feedback, decided to set the more ambitious November deadline so it could get answers, fasters.

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