The European Commission finds it unethical that the Volkswagen Group is selective in which victims of a car with cheating software are compensated by the emissions scandal. VW Group, for example, already got over the bow with a compensation in the US and Germany, but just about all other owners in Europe miss the compensation. European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders now wants to call on the car giant to arrange compensation for duped customers.
According to the Commission, it is simple: every customer who bought a car with cheating software from the group is entitled to compensation. However, Volkswagen refuses to look for a solution together with local consumer organizations (such as Testaankoop in Belgium). According to Reynders, it is time for Volkswagen to swallow the bitter pill to avoid years of expensive lawsuits. In short, every car buyer in the EU should be treated equally. Interesting detail: several judges in various European countries have already ruled that owners are entitled to compensation.
Why is that compensation so important? Well, customers unknowingly bought a car that did not meet the current emission standards and thereby committed an impact on public health. In addition, owners of a diesel car with cheating software noticed that after a mandatory update (to remove the software) the car often lost power and consumed more. In short; customers bought a car that did not live up to what was written on the “packaging”. So a cat in a bag.