VW To Pay $86 Million Dollars To California

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Volkswagen Group will pay $86 million in civil penalties to California after the state’s regulators helped to expose the company’s emissions scandal.

The payment is part of the German automaker’s $603 million settlement with attorneys general for most U.S. states to settle consumer-protection claims over the company’s admission that it rigged nearly 600,000 diesel cars with software to cheat emissions standards.

That settlement is separate from a recent deal between U.S. regulators and Volkswagen in which the automaker has agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion to buy back vehicles, make repairs, offer compensation to consumers, or some combination of the above.

The settlement with California comes after the state’s Air Resources Board collaborated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to expose the scandal in September 2015.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement that Volkswagen had also agreed to new reporting requirements and additional penalties if it intentionally violates emissions standards again.

The state’s consumers bought some 86,000 VW vehicles fitted with the bogus software from 2009 through 2015.

California said that $10 million paid by Volkswagen to the state will be directed to local governments or academics to help detect similar violations in the future and combat the effects of harmful emissions.

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