A New York diesel owner has accused the German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH of conspiring with Volkswagen AG to cheat on the diesel emissions tests.
Some sources revealed last month that federal prosecutors with the US Department of Justice were investigating if the German auto supplier was involved in Volkswagen’s cheating scheme or if it had any knowledge about it. The probe on Bosch is at an early stage and there is no indication that the prosecutors have found evidence of wrongdoing at Bosch, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. But a New York diesel owner did not want to wait for the outcome of the inquiry and filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Detroit in which it names Bosch, the world’s largest auto supplier, along with VW, former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn and VW US chief Michael Horn.
“Volkswagen’s fraudulent scheme was facilitated and aided and abetted by defendant Bosch, which created the software used in Volkswagen’s defeat device,” said the 56-page lawsuit, which accuses the parties of violating civil racketeering laws and consumer fraud.” Bosch’s Hear no evil, See no evil’ rationale for knowingly profiting from Volkswagen’s crimes does not enable Bosch to escape civil liability under American law.”
Bosch also faces similar class-action lawsuits in Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Alabama and Alexandria, Virginia. The latest lawsuit says “as early as 2007, Bosch warned Volkswagen that using its software in vehicles that were driven on the road would constitute a criminal offence. Nevertheless, Bosch proceeded to sell or license 11 million of the component devices to Volkswagen over the next seven years.”