Auto parts supplier Robert Bosch launches internal investigation into Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal role amid government probe

by Jim Orr

German auto parts supplier Robert Bosch GmbH has launched an internal investigation to determine the extent of the company’s involvement in the ongoing Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal. Volkswagen was forced to recall 11 million VW and Audi diesel vehicles worldwide in September 2015 following admissions that it had manipulated the emissions levels of these models to hide high pollution levels from regulators.

Bosch stated in September when the Dieselgate scandal first emerged that it had supplied control components used in Volkswagen’s “TDI Clean Diesel” engines that were involved in the German automaker’s rigged emissions. U.S. and German authorities have both launched investigations to determine whether Bosch may have helped Volkswagen cheat emissions testing standards.

Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner says that he ordered the internal investigation the day after news of the VW scandal was announced. The company says that it is fully cooperating with U.S. and German authorities in their investigations into the emissions cheating scandal, although the company has refused requests to turn over engine management software codes related to the recalled VW diesel engines.

Volkswagen has announced that it will recall 11 million diesel vehicles sold worldwide—including 580,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. The recalled models include the 2009-2015 Audi A3 TDI, the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, the 2016 Audi A7 Quattro, the 2016 Audi A8, the 2016 Audi A8L, the 2016 Audi Q5, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne, the 2009-2015 Volkswagen Beetle TDI, the 2009-2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI, the 2009-2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the 2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI, and the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg. In November 2015, the EPA discovered additional VW models that were equipped with emissions cheating software, including the 2009-2016 Volkswagen Touareg TDI, the 2014-2016 Audi A6 Quattro, the 2014-2016 Audi A7 Quattro, the 2014-2016 Audi A8 Quattro, the 2014-2016 Audi A8L Quattro, the 2014-2016 Audi Q5 Quattro, the 2009-2016 Audi Q7, and the 2013-2015 Porsche Cayenne.

While Volkswagen has been the primary focus of investigations into the Dieselgate scandal, authorities are also asking questions about what knowledge the company’s suppliers—including Bosch—had about emissions cheating at the German automaker. Authorities believe that some suppliers knew—or should have known—about the Volkswagen emissions cheating because of the important role they played in developing the components that went into creating the VW and Audi emissions control systems.

Volkswagen has also launched its own internal investigation to determine how much executives and engineers at the company knew about the emissions problems with its diesel models. The company has also instituted a whistleblower program to encourage employees with knowledge of wrongdoing at the company to come forward, although authorities say that so far the program has provided only limited information about Volkswagen’s fraudulent actions.

Lawsuits Filed Against Volkswagen by VW Diesel Owners

Individuals who purchased or leased a Volkswagen, Audi, or Porsche diesel model involved in the emissions cheating scandal may be eligible to file a lawsuit against VW. The first step in taking legal action is to talk to a law firm with the knowledge, resources, and experience to handle complex product liability litigation cases like the lawsuits against Volkswagen.

The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson has filed lawsuits on behalf of our clients who were fraudulently misled about the performance and environmental friendliness of the VW diesel vehicles. One of our partners, Michael Heygood, was recently named to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee that will oversee the early trial stages of the Volkswagen multidistrict litigation (MDL) in California. Our law firm expects to remain involved in the Volkswagen litigation throughout the entirety of the legal process, and will work diligently on behalf of our clients to ensure the best possible results in their cases.

If you purchased or leased one of the Volkswagen diesel models involved in the Dieselgate recall, you may qualify to take legal action. For a free legal consultation about your case and to find out whether you qualify to file a lawsuit, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by following this link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few simple questions about your history to get started.

by Jim Orr

Jim Orr is a licensed attorney and a partner at HO&P focusing on business and personal injury litigation. Jim was selected multiple times to the Super Lawyers List and has tried 70+ cases to verdict.