After admitting to cheating on emissions tests, car manufacturer Volkswagon will pay more than $10 billion in settlements across the U.S. $570 million could go to drivers affected in the Ocean State.
Between 2009 and 2015, the German car manufacturer sold nearly 500,000 affected cars in the U.S. More than 3,000 of those were sold in Rhode Island.
Despite cheating on emissions tests, these diesel engine cars, including Passats, Jettas, and Beetles, were often sold as being environmentally friendly or "green."
The settlement would provide Rhode Island’s affected drivers with cash compensation up to $10,000. In addition, drivers can receive either car modifications to fix the engine or take part in a buy-back program.
The settlement must still be approved by in court. If accepted, the program is expected to rollout this fall.