VW blasted for shielding emissions documents from US probe
Three US state attorneys general criticized Volkswagen AG on Friday for citing German law to withhold documents from a group of states investigating the German automaker’s use of illegal diesel emissions software.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said it was “frustrating” that despite public statements professing cooperation Volkswagen is resisting cooperation by citing German law.
Officials said VW is withholding emails between its executives and other communications from the group of 48 US state attorneys general investigating excess emissions in 580,000 US diesel cars.
The US Justice Department and German prosecutors are also investigating the automaker, which has said up to 11 million vehicles worldwide had the software. With Volkswagen citing German privacy law, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the German automaker “has failed to pursue every avenue to overcome the obstacles” it has cited. “Our patience with Volkswagen is wearing thin.” He complained that VW’s cooperation has been “spotty.”