New documents could cause new headaches for Volkswagen.
A top advisor at the German automaker, known internally as the “fireman,” appears to have advised senior executives about VW’s diesel problems as early as May 2014. The maker only acknowledged cheating on emissions tests in September 2015, responding to charges by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Separately, VW wrote U.S. safety regulators advising them it did not see the need for a recall involving Takata airbags now linked to at least 11 deaths and 139 injuries. The automaker this month reversed that position, recalling 850,000 Volkswagen and Audi vehicles.