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Volkswagen to pay state $26 million

— A foreign car maker has agreed to a settlement with the state.

This month, the state Attorney General’s Office recovered $26 million for residents.

That recovery is in addition to $14.7 billion settlement Volkswagen reached to compensate “clean diesel” car owners.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the recovery comes as a result of a decade-long cheating scandal.

Volkswagen intentionally equipped cars marketed as “clean diesel” with a “defeat device” that allowed the cars to cheat emissions tests and dishonestly depict gas mileage, Ferguson said.

Without these devices, the affected Volkswagens, Audis and Porsches would not pass emissions tests.

Between 2009 and 2015, more than 20,000 of the affected vehicles were sold in Washington.

In a related lawsuit, restitution will be made to those who own one of these affected cars. Consumers can choose between a buyback of the car or a modification to reduce emissions, as well as a payback of between $5,100 and $10,000.

Call 1-844-98-CLAIM for details on the claims.

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