Lawyers Name Bosch as “Knowing and Active” Participant in VW TDI Fraud
Bosch Cooperating in Investigations, Declines Comment
Robert Bosch GmbH, one of the world’s largest suppliers of diesel fuel injection systems and supplier to the Volkswagen Group for its I-4 and V-6 TDI engines, has recently been named by lawyers representing U.S. TDI owners as a “knowing and active” participant in the company’s scheme for evading U.S. emissions standards, according to Reuters. Both Bosch and Volkswagen declined to comment on the allegations, as the documents implicating the company remain under seal. Bosch says it is cooperating with investigators.
Reportedly among the documents are records and communications between Bosch, Volkswagen, and U.S. regulators. The report claims an email shows Bosch’s “deep understanding” of regulations and what would allow VW to pass U.S. standards. Bosch had previously admitted that it supplied the software to VW, under the strict directive of “test only” use and not for use on road-going models.
The attorneys representing U.S. owners say it’s inconceivable that Bosch did not know that the software it provided to VW did not contain a defeat device. Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner ordered an internal investigation in January and set aside 650 million Euros (approximately $735 million U.S.) for potential legal costs. The investigation into the involvement of Bosch is not expected to affect VW’s U.S. buyback program, which is scheduled to begin in October.