The world’s largest automaker has admitted to using software that cheated on emissions tests in the U.S. Specifically, the device could detect testing conditions, click on, and then turn off during regular driving. An investigation into the matter has revealed that the vehicles emitted 40 times the legal standard when the device was turned off.
Emitted pollutants, such as nitrogen oxide, lead to smog and the creation of the ozone. Additionally, the pollutant can be linked to respiratory disease, asthma and premature death.
The vehicles Volkswagen must recall include 2009-15 Volkswagen Beetles, Golfs and Jettas, 2014-15 Passats, 2014 Volkswagen Touaregs, 2015 Porsche Cayennes, and the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5.
Auto dealers have been ordered to stop selling the vehicles while Volkswagen has opted to not introduce their 2016 diesel models.
Volkswagen has set aside more than $7 billion to cover costs associated with the recalls and repairs. Under the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protect Agency could fine VW $37,500 per vehicle. Any VW employees found responsible for the cheating scandal could face a fine of $3,750 per violation.
Consumers who purchased VW’s diesel vehicles have started to file lawsuits against the automaker for misleading marketing and vehicle value depreciation. Some consumers allege that they would have never purchased the vehicles if they knew the vehicles were emitting high amounts of pollution.
The VW emissions scandal is just one of many plaguing the auto industry. From General Motors’ defective ignition switchto Takata airbags, the federal government has begun to aggressively pursue automakers who fail to disclose safety and environmental violations.
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