German automaking giant Volkswagen AG will pay as much as $15.3 billion related to cheating U.S. diesel emissions testing protocols.
Locally, the nationwide settlement applies to 8,750 vehicles sold in Missouri.
Volkswagen’s “defeat devices” were designed to trick emissions-testing equipment. Installed on more that 11 million vehicles worldwide — about half a million in the U.S. — the software switched engines to a cleaner mode during emissions testing and then switched it off during normal driving, giving the cars more power and emitting as much as 40 times more pollution than the law allows, according to a release.
In addition to a restitution payment of $5,100 per vehicle, affected owners also will be able to choose between a buy back of the vehicle based on the pre-scandal NADA value or a modification to reduce emissions provided that Volkswagen can develop a modification acceptable to regulators.
Missourians are expected to receive more than $40 million in restitution from Volkswagen.
Read more: Kansas City Business Journal