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Volkswagen AG on Thursday asked the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that said two counties could seek financial penalties over excess diesel emissions that might cost the German automaker billions of dollars.

FILE PHOTO: A logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen on a car parked on a street in Paris, France, July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo

31 Jul 2020 05:35AM

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REUTERS: Volkswagen AG on Thursday asked the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that said two counties could seek financial penalties over excess diesel emissions that might cost the German automaker billions of dollars.

The 3-0 ruling in June said Utah's Salt Lake County and Florida's Hillsborough County could seek "staggering" damages over updates made to polluting diesel vehicles after they were sold. Other U.S. counties are also pursuing claims.

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Volkswagen said the ruling, if upheld, could have sweeping ramifications for the U.S. auto industry and could force car companies "either to avoid maintaining or improving the emission control systems of in-use vehicles… or pass on the substantial increased compliance costs to consumers."

VW asked the panel to reconsider its ruling or for the full appeals court to take up the case, warning the decision could affect millions of vehicles recalled for emissions vehicles annually and could result in "regulatory chaos."

Volkswagen admitted to using illegal software to cheat U.S. pollution tests in 2015.

VW argues the case will determine if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "exclusively regulates auto manufacturers post-sale, nationwide changes to their cars emission control systems, or whether, as the panel held, all fifty states and thousands of counties also may regulate this post-sale process."

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