OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general has filed suit against the Volkswagen Group, alleging the automobile company knowingly skirted federal emissions standards to the detriment of Oklahoma consumers.
In a lawsuit filed last week in Oklahoma County District Court, Attorney General Scott Pruitt accuses the company of designing "clean diesel" engines with a mechanism to alter their fuel efficiency during emissions testing. As a result, authorities say vehicles with this engine operated far above their tested emissions levels on normal roadways.
Volkswagen has admitted equipping cars with software that sensed when the car was being tested by regulators. The company is negotiating a settlement with U.S. authorities in federal court in San Francisco on how it would fix or buy back some 500,000 diesels sold in the United States.