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Bosch Got Into 'Dieselgate'

11/20/2015 - 14:19

US authorities have started an investigation into the German company Bosch. It is suspected of involvement in the scandal that erupted around Volkswagen’s diesel vehicles. The investigators believe that the company, which delivers some important details for diesel engines, could know about Volkswagen’s manipulations or even take part in it.

As Reuters reports, citing sources familiar with the situation, the US Justice Department has launched an investigation against the German company Bosch. The investigation related to the September scandal with Volkswagen diesel vehicles. According to the investigation, Bosch, which supplies automotive industry among other things, can be involved in concealment of information about the emissions of these vehicles. Recall that the scandal, later called "dieselgate", began in mid-September. Then, the US Environmental Protection Agency reported that Volkswagen violated US laws by hiding toxic emissions of their vehicles. Software, that hides the level of emissions, was installed in the company’s diesel cars. Soon it became known that the cheating devices was installed in 11 million vehicles. With this regard, many countries began investigations on Volkswagen, threatening the company with multibillion-dollar penalties.  

The investigators suspect that Bosch could know about Volkswagen’s manipulation or even take part in them. Bosch manufactured the engine control units EDC17, and some software used in six diesel models of Volkswagen and one Audi, which were caught up in the scandal. According to Reuters’ sources, the fact-finding is in its early stages and there is no sign that the investigation could find evidence of violations on the part of Bosch.

Daniel Riesel, lawyer of the company Sive, Paget & Riesel, comments: «If you are aware that there’s a crime being committed, and contribute actively to it, then you're in trouble. An engineer, who is improving a car for robbers to quickly fled the scene, is an accomplice." According to the German newspaper Handelsblatt, other parts suppliers, including Continental and Delphi, are left unscathed by the investigation. Bosch, Volkswagen and US Justice Department declined to comment.

Before, it turned out that senior EU officials were aware of Volkswagen’s possible manipulation long before the scandal in the United States. Incidentally, other automakers got involved in the uproar with the indicators of the level of emissions, too. It is reported by Financial Times. According to the documents, the first differences between the data, obtained in the tests and under actual usage conditions, were discovered in 2011.