Volkswagen 'refusing to cooperate' with U.S. probe into emissions scandal
Volkswagen has been holding talks with a group of 48 U.S. state attorneys general looking into the company’s use of illegal software that helped its vehicles cheat pollution tests.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said VW is “resisting” attempts to uncover how the company was able to install so-called “defeat devices” on 600,000 cars in the US.
“I find it frustrating that, despite public statements professing cooperation and an expressed desire to resolve the various investigations that it faces following its calculated deception, Volkswagen is, in fact, resisting cooperation by citing German law,” he said.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said: "Volkswagen's cooperation with the states' investigation has been spotty - and frankly, more of the kind one expects from a company in denial than one seeking to leave behind a culture of admitted deception.
"It has been slow to produce documents from its US files, it has sought to delay responses until it completes its 'independent investigation' several months from now, and it has failed to pursue every avenue to overcome the obstacles it says that German privacy law presents to turning over emails from its executives' files in Germany. Our patience with Volkswagen is wearing thin."
VW is refusing to hand over internal emails to the investigators, citing its home country’s privacy laws, which are some of the strictest in the world, according to Reuters. ■