Missouri will receive part of a $14.7-billion settlement with Volkswagen over its efforts to make some diesel vehicles look more environmentally friendly than they were.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and other state’s attorneys general said a multi-state investigation revealed that some Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche vehicles were fitted with devices to make them run cleaner during emissions testing than when they were on the road. Once regulators became suspicious, Volkswagen tried to cover up its actions.
More than 8,750 vehicle owners in Missouri will receive $5,100 or more in restitution and will have the option of selling their vehicles back to Volkswagen at their pre-September 2015 value. Missouri will receive more than $8-million for the company’s violations of its consumer protection laws.
Also under the agreement Volkswagen will create a more than $39-million fund for remediation of environmental harm in Missouri and invest $2-billion in Zero Emissions Vehicle infrastructure and education in the U.S.
Vehicle owners can learn more about the settlement and the restitution and buyback programs at www.VWCourtSettlement.com.