As the investigation into the Volkswagen ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal continues, it seems inevitable that the tentacles of law-enforcers will reach beyond the walls of the German carmaker.
Now, Reuters reports another German company, parts supplier Bosch, has also come under the spotlight.
Investigators in the US are reportedly keen to learn what part, if any, Bosch played in the establishment of the now infamous ‘ defeat device’ - which saw Volkswagen, Skoda, Seat and Audi vehicles (with others still to be ruled out) switch to a ‘green’ mode when being tested for emissions.
The report quotes two unnamed insiders who have revealed, not unexpectedly, that senior Volkswagen management is also in the sights of investigators.
It’s no secret that the offending diesel-powered models from the Volkswagen Group were fitted with Bosch engine management systems, but Bosch was quick to volunteer its innocence once the dieselgate scandal broke.
In fact, in the early days of the scandal the parts supplier went as far as to say that Volkswagen ignored warnings back in 2007 that its software and components were not to be used illegally.
The sources said there was no evidence at this stage that Bosch was involved in any wrongdoing, and that the investigation was at a preliminary stage.
For Bosch to be charged, authorities would be required to prove that the parts supplier was completely aware of the way its software was being used.
Bosch, Volkswagen and the US Department of Justice declined to comment when approached by Reuters.
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