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Indiana Volkswagen owners could be eligible for compensation as part of the largest civil settlement in automobile history. The car manufacturer will spend up to $10 billion on a recall and restitution program after selling and leasing diesel cars equipped with software designed to circumvent air pollution emissions standards.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says more than 6,600 Hoosiers will be eligible for cash payments or a program that allows Volkswagen to buy back or modify certain models. Volkswagen could pay up to $66 million to Indiana customers.
“Volkswagen deceived customers by misrepresenting its diesel vehicles’ emissions and advertising its cars as meeting ‘green’ and ‘environmentally friendly’ standards,” Zoeller said in a statement. “People paid a premium for a benefit they simply did not receive. In our efforts to protect consumers, attorneys general have ensured Volkswagen will pay for its misrepresentations and compensate its customers to right this wrong.”
The car manufacturer also has to pay nearly $570 million for violating states’ laws prohibiting unfair or deceptive practices when it marketed, sold and least the cars with the deceptive software.
Once the court approves the program, Hoosier Volkswagen owners will receive a payment of at least $5,100 and a choice between participating in a buy back or modification program. The modification program will allow Volkswagen to equip the car with a yet-to-be-approved pollution-control fix.
Those who leased qualifying Volkswagen cars could also be eligible for compensation, as well as anyone who sold an affected car after Sept. 18, 2015.
Volkswagen will notify affected customers by mail. Owners of the following models are eligible for the restitution and recall program: