[3/12/17] Volkswagen pleaded guilty Friday to charges of defrauding the government stemming from the 2015 fuel emissions cheating scandal.
The company’s plea marks the first time VW has pleaded guilty to charges from the so-called dieselgate, which affected more than 500,000 vehicles and cost the automaker billions of dollars.
VW admitted in 2015 to installing so-called defeat devices in hundreds of thousands of diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. The devices would only kick on during road conditions when emission measuring tools were not engaged.
“This a very, very, very serious crime,” U.S. District Judge Sean Cox said in court documents. “It is incumbent on me to make a considered decision,” he added.