Washington Notice of Penalty and settlement
Volkswagen admitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) they manufactured some diesel vehicles with fraudulent emissions software. The software only turned on when the car's emissions were being tested. This allowed up to 40 times the permitted levels of harmful and unhealthy nitrogen oxides to be released into the air. We gave VW two violation notices, one on Nov. 10, 2015, and the other on March 10, 2016, before issuing a $176 million penalty in July 2016 for violating the Washington Clean Air Act.
The software was installed on certain diesel vehicles equipped with 2.0 and 3.0 liter engines. The state laws violated were:
VW reached a $157 million settlement with 10 states on March 29, 2017. Washington will receive $28 million from that settlement.