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For Volkswagen, the product liability woes continue

Truly, it must seem to global auto manufacturer Volkswagen that it is under a perpetual rain cloud. As noted in a recent article discussing just the latest of the German company's problems, Volkswagen's troubles "would appear to be endless."

Volkswagen Settles with Dealerships over Emissions Scandal for $1.6 Billion

Last October, we discussed Volkswagen's (the "Company") $14.7 billion settlement for car owners of VW and Audi 2-liter diesel vehicles that were affected by the emissions scandal. On January 23, 2017, the Company paid an additional $1.6 billion to resolve lawsuits filed by Volkswagen AG franchise dealerships ("Dealers").

Dehumidifier Recall Reannounced

The safety concerns related to a recalled product can end up sticking around long after the product is initially recalled. This is because dangerous products are sometimes still in people’s homes or on the secondary market long after they have been recalled. Sometimes, this leads to a recall being reannounced.

Volkswagen Settles Lawsuit Over Emissions Scandal

In 2008, Volkswagen began installing illegal engine control software in several of its Volkswagen and Audi models. The software recognized when the car was being tested for emissions, and increased the engine's emission controls in order to pass the inspection. However, during normal driving conditions, the software would shut down the vehicle's emission controls, resulting in the cars releasing 40 times as many pollutants, thus violating the Clean Air Act.