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AG Bonta Secures $25 Million Settlement with Bosch for Alleged Role in Diesel Emissions Scandal

  • California AG Rob Bonta and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have reached a settlement with German multinational engineering electronics company Robert Bosch LLC and its parent company (collectively, “Bosch”) to resolve allegations related to the company’s role in the recent diesel emissions scandals at automobile manufacturers Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler.
  • The complaint alleged that Bosch violated California consumer protection laws by providing hardware, software, and software programming or calibration services to Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler when it knew or should have known that the products could be used as “defeat devices” to circumvent applicable emissions standards.
  • Under the terms of the proposed settlement, which is subject to court approval, Bosch must pay $12.5 million to the California AG’s office and $12.5 million to CARB’s Air Pollution Control Fund. Bosch will also be required to update its policies and procedures to prevent future assistance of vehicle manufacturers in implementing defeat devices in violation of applicable California or federal laws. The company must also disclose to California if it concludes that a manufacturer will use, or has used, such a device in violation of those laws.