Sen. Blumenthal to urge Volkswagen owners to apply for restitution

The VW sign of Germany's car company Volkswagen is displayed at the building of a company's retailer in, Berlin, Germany, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

(WTNH) – U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal will urge Volkswagen drivers to apply for thousands of dollars in restitution following the automaker’s emissions cheating scandal.

Volkswagen reached a $14.7 billion settlement with the federal government and owners for illegally evading emissions rules.

Owners of impacted VW models have the right to choose between having their cars fixed to meet emissions standards, or a full buy-back option at pre-scandal “Blue Book” value plus a restitution payment of as much as $2,986.73.

Consumers who once owned an affected vehicle but sold the car between September 18, 2015 and June 28, 2016 are eligible to receive a restitution payment of 10 percent of the vehicle’s value, plus $1,493.37, but they must register with the compensation program by September 16.

Owners who have not sold their affected vehicles have until September 2018 to apply.

Volkswagen owners can find out how to make a claim at



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