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VW agrees to pay dealers for cars rigged to cheat emissions tests

In this June 12, 2013, file photo, workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Workers at the plant will decide in a three-day vote Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, whether they want to be represented...
In this June 12, 2013, file photo, workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Workers at the plant will decide in a three-day vote Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, whether they want to be represented... (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

(WIAT) — Volkswagen has agreed to compensate 652 U.S. dealers for cars on their lots that turned out to be rigged to cheat emissions tests.

The deal announced Thursday is likely worth tens of millions of dollars. VW says the deal will cover all past, current and future claims of loss by franchisers.

The automaker says it will pay up within 18 months. In April, VW revealed it has set aside $18.2 billion to deal with the scandal.

The deal still has to be approved by a federal judge.