Bosch GmbH to pay $131 million to settle U.S. diesel emissions claims

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German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH is set to pay around $131 million to settle claims from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV U.S. diesel owners and deal with all investigations by 47 U.S. state attorneys general into its involvement with diesel automobiles.

Bosch and its U.S. unit will have to pay $98.7 million to 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and Guam, and $27.5 million to 104,000 owners of Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles.

Bosch is also making a $5 million payment to a state attorneys general group.

Bosch stated that it neither accepts liability nor admits to any accusations but agreed to the settlement with the states to “avoids lengthy and costly proceedings”.

Bosch must “refuse to accommodate requests for software development and programming that could lead to the installation of defeat device software,” the New York Attorney General’s Office stated as part of the settlement.

The supplier “enabled” the cheating and should have been aware that its customers would use the software inappropriately, the office added.

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