VW faces tougher US Justice Department

The US Justice Department may treat VW more harshly than two carmakers whose vehicles have killed people

The US Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit against Volkswagen on January 4

No one has died from the emissions-cheating software Volkswagen has admitted it installed in some of its cars, yet the US Justice Department may treat it more harshly than two carmakers whose vehicles have killed people.

General Motors vehicles were fitted with faulty ignition switches linked to at least 124 deaths. Toyota cars were involved in unintended acceleration responsible for at least four deaths. Neither had to plead guilty in settling criminal allegations, but Volkswagen ...