Frankfurt — About 372,000 German owners of Volkswagen (VW) cars fitted with motors that cheated emissions tests have joined a collective legal action against the automotive giant, official figures showed on Thursday. Hundreds of thousands of people signed up to the collective action between late November and January 2, a spokesperson for the German Federal Office of Justice told AFP. German consumer association VZBV filed its request with a court in Brunswick — just a few kilometres from VW’s Wolfsburg headquarters — on November 1. Although the register is open until the day before the first hearing, planned for later this year, VZBV encouraged car owners to register before December 31 to avoid their case stumbling on the three-year statute of limitations. VW admitted in 2015 to manipulating 11-million diesel vehicles to appear less polluting under test conditions than in real driving. November saw a law providing for a new form of collective legal action enter into force, voted thr...

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