The Dieselgate saga rumbles as the FTC seeks answers over allegations evidence was destroyed.
The United States Federal Trade Commission is seeking to relaunch its investigation into whether or not Volkswagen destroyed documents following the emissions cheating scandal.
According to Reuters, a court filing made by the FTC on Thursday has asked that it be allowed to take fresh testimony from Volkswagen AG’s U.S. division.
The FTC has been investigating the matter since March. In August, it took a deposition from a witness for VW who was unable to answer 250 questions. It now wants to question another VW employee.
VW has faced allegations that it destroyed documents relating to the Dieselgate scandal in whistleblower and state lawsuits. In June, the automaker settled a whistleblower ‘suit with former information technology employee Daniel Donovan, who said he was fired for refusing “to participate in a course of action” that would have destroyed evidence.
The next month, three U.S. states filed a suit that alleged at least eight employees of the engineering department destroyed incriminating data in August of 2015, after being told of an upcoming order not to do so.
In September 2015, VW admitted to fitting diesel-powered cars with a “defeat device” that allowed the engines to emit up to 40 times more pollutants than legally allowed under real world driving conditions. 475,000 cars in the U.S. are affected.
VW has agreed to pay out as much $16.5 billion in connection with the scandal, including lawyers fees, payments to green energy schemes, dealers, and states. Around $10 billion will fund a compensation program for owners. VW said last week that 78 percent of owners who have registered for a payout have taken the buy back option.
A total of 11 million vehicles around the world are affected.
In a statement issued last Friday, VW spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said the company “continues to cooperate with the U.S. Department of Justice and work with other government agencies to make things right for our customers and achieve a fair resolution.”