Montana Joins Multi-State Investigation into Volkswagen

Attorney General Tim Fox announced today Montana has joined several other states to launch an investigation into Volkswagen for altering software to produce false results on vehicle emissions tests.

Attorneys general from at least 32 states and Washington, D.C. will work together to investigate allegations that Volkswagen equipped 11 million diesel vehicles with software that could be used to cheat on emissions tests, potentially deceiving consumers and violating clean air standards. As part of this multistate investigation, the attorneys general will send subpoenas to Volkswagen. Many states will review the matter through both their consumer protection and environmental protection divisions.

Attorney General Tim Fox said, “Growing up, my folks owned a car dealership, and I know how important it is for consumers to be treated fairly when they purchase a big-ticket item like an automobile. Emissions standards are important anti-pollution features that Montana consumers seriously consider while making their vehicle purchasing decisions. Any required repairs to correct emission problems may result in lower fuel economy and higher fuel costs, which also may violate Montana’s consumer protection laws.” Attorney General Fox added, “We look forward to working with other attorneys general across the country to investigate these allegations of consumer fraud leveled against Volkswagen, and to make sure Montana’s Volkswagen diesel customers and our environment are protected to the fullest extent possible.”

A list of affected Volkswagen and Audi models and model years, as well as FAQs for vehicle owners, are available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recall website.

Montana consumers who own one of the affected diesel cars are welcome to file a complaint with the Montana Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Protection online at https://dojmt.gov/consumer/ or by calling 1-(800) 481-6896 toll-free within the state. Consumers may also email [email protected] for more information.

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