Supplier Bosch Under Investigation for Role in VW Cheating Scandal
Auto supply giant Bosch is being investigated for its part in the widespread emissions cheating scandal that has engulfed Volkswagen, Bloomberg reported ( via Automotive News).
Prosecutors in Stuttgart say that they’ve contacted the company, which supplied Volkswagen with engine control modules that helped the cars illegally pass emissions tests, about their role in engineering the illegal devices.
A spokeswoman for Bosch said it would comply with requests from authorities.
In September, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported that Bosch may have warned Volkswagen in 2007 that the software it supplied would be illegal to use on the road. A company spokesman said that it supplied parts to Volkswagen, but was not responsible for how engineers at the automaker used those parts.
“In the wake of what was reported about the emissions case at Volkswagen, we concluded that someone must have produced the software,” Claudia Krauth, a spokeswoman for prosecutors in Stuttgart, told Bloomberg. “It was obvious which company came into question.”
Bosch is a worldwide auto parts supplier with components in millions of cars.
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