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CALPIRG calls for full rebates, stiff penalties in Volkswagen scandal

Volkswagen ornaments sit in a box in a scrap yard in Berlin, Germany.
Volkswagen ornaments sit in a box in a scrap yard in Berlin, Germany. AP

The California Public Interest Research Group, the Sacramento-based public advocacy organization, on Wednesday called for full rebates to nearly 500,000 U.S. Volkswagen customers who bought diesel cars equipped with technology to pass smog tests but emit pollutants in excess of government standards during normal operation.

“VW once was a company that brought us iconic cars like the Beetle and the flower-powered Microbus, but now VW is just a big cheater,” Jason Pfeifle, CALPIRG public health advocate, said in a statement that called for the company “to pay full penalties under law and grant full rebates to the customers it deceived into buying pollution-spewing cars that led to massive, undeserved profits.”

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