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Volkswagen needs to explain away software to avoid criminal charges

LOOMING TROUBLE: A criminal probe is likely to examine not only possible violations of the US Clean Air Act but also of broader statutes against wire fraud, false statements to regulators and other crimes, lawyers say.


VOLKSWAGEN AG will probably have to show that there was some legitimate reason to install software that led to false vehicle emissions tests if it is to avoid US criminal charges, lawyers said on Tuesday.

The German carmaker has admitted to US clean air regulators that