Welcome to Consumer Reports Advocacy

Consumer Reports is an independent nonprofit organization that works for a fair, safe and transparent marketplace.

Since we were founded as Consumers Union in 1936, we have advocated for the rights of all consumers. Now, we are united under the Consumer Reports name, bringing together our trusted testing, research, journalism, and advocacy.

We hope you will partner with us and our six million members for a better world.

Consumers Union on Justice suit against Volkswagen over emissions scandal

Monday, January 4, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Justice Department today filed a civil lawsuit in federal court against Volkswagen over the emissions scandal in which nearly 600,000 vehicles were alleged to have had devices installed that impaired the emission control systems.

William Wallace, policy analyst for Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, said, “By its own admission, Volkswagen cheated hundreds of thousands of drivers with illegal devices to defeat U.S. emissions tests. This action by the federal government is an important step to hold VW accountable with the threat of hefty penalties. Ultimately, federal and state regulators will need to keep pushing for a strong resolution that requires VW to make customers whole.”


Contact: David Butler, dbutler@consumer.org, or Kara Kelber, kkelber@consumer.org, 202-462-6262