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Volkswagen Settlement Is Biggest Of Its Kind

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(AP) - Lawyers say Volkswagen's $14.7 billion settlement announced Tuesday is the largest auto-related consumer class-action settlement in U.S. history.

VW admitted to installing software that turned on pollution controls during emissions testing then turned them off when the cars were on the road.

As part of the settlement, the company must offer to buy back most of the affected 475,000 cars with diesel engines, or terminate their leases. That's because, according to court documents filed Tuesday, there currently is no repair that can bring the cars into compliance with U.S. pollution regulations. If VW does propose a repair, it must be approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board.