Federal Justice Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) has accused the CDU/CSU of a zigzag course in consumer protection. Maas told the dpa, a model declaratory action, in which several consumers can participate jointly, "could already be open to car buyers in Germany if CDU. With this form of action, consumers can join together to enforce their rights without a high cost risk – especially against large corporations. This form of action exists in the USA.
A corresponding proposal from him for such a class action has been on the table for a long time. Especially the Ministry of Transport of Alexander Dobrindt (CSU) has so far prevented the introduction, criticized Maas, who is also responsible for consumer protection. "It is more than bizarre when the CDU and CSU first block effective measures for more consumer protection for months and now, two days before the diesel summit, suddenly mutate into supposed consumer protectors in the person of the Bavarian Minister President (Horst Seehofer)."CSU leader Seehofer had spoken out in the ZDF in view of the diesel scandal open to the possibility of class action suits.
According to a report by the Image (Edition of 31. July 2017), the Federal Motor Transport Authority is said to have spared investigation reports on the emissions scandal at the behest of the auto industry. The paper refers to correspondence between the office and the manufacturers. According to the report, the subcommittee of the Ministry of Transport had already established more than a year ago that Porsche was working with defeat devices for its diesel engines, but had qualified this in the final report.