10,000 Arizona vehicles eligible for VW settlement

10,000 Arizona vehicles eligible for VW settlement

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says the owners of 10,000 Volkswagen and Audi vehicles in the state stand to benefit from a massive federal class-action settlement.

As part of the agreement announced Tuesday, Volkswagen will spend up to $15.3 billion to settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that it cheated on emissions tests.

VW has agreed to either buy back or repair the vehicles and owners will get payments of $5,100 to $10,000.

Final approval of the settlement is expected in October.

The attorney general’s office said the federal settlement won’t affect Arizona’s ongoing consumer fraud lawsuit against Volkswagen.

In that case, prosecutors say Arizona consumers were subject to numerous misleading advertisements that the vehicles were environmentally friendly and fuel efficient.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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