Bosch to pay $100M fine in Europe for emissions software
Auto parts maker Bosch was slapped with a $100 million fine by German officials for its role in the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal.
German prosecutors announced the fine for a negligent violation of supervisory obligations, reported the Associated Press. The company will not appeal.
Bosch delivered millions of engine control systems with software that emitted more nitrogen oxide than allowed during normal driving, according to prosecutors in the case. Those control systems were installed on vehicles from multiple manufacturers.
Prosecutors placed the most blame on automakers, saying that “the initiative to integrate and shape the prohibited strategies came from employees of the auto manufacturers,” according to the AP.
The fine mostly reflects profits to Bosch from the control systems. There are ongoing criminal investigations of specific Bosch employees, and the company previously agreed to a $327.5 million civil settlement in the United States.
In a separate case, a claims process recently opened for settlements in a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles class-action lawsuit over emissions of the company’s EcoDiesel engine.