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Crackdown on Car Emissions Testing Following VW Scandal

VW logoThe EPA is cracking down on car emissions testing following the Volkswagen scandal in which VW used a “defeat device” that allowed almost 500,000 of its diesel-engine cars to cheat emissions testing for certain air pollutants.

On Friday, the EPA sent a letter to vehicle manufacturers notifying them that the agency is adding to its confirmatory testing additional evaluations designed to look for potential defeat devices.

VW admitted that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 included software that circumvents EPA emissions standards. These cars contain software that turns off emissions controls when driving normally, and turns them on when the car is undergoing an emission test. Known as a “defeat device,” this design feature results in the cars emitting up to 40 times the amount of NOx emissions that the standards allow.

Last week VW said it ordered an external investigation into the defeat device and CEO Professor Dr. Martin Winterkorn resigned from his post, which he had held since 2007. Winerkorn is now facing a criminal investigation; German prosecutors today launched an investigation into fraud allegations against Winterkorn, according to news reports.

The VW board has appointed Matthias Müller CEO and announced a new management structure for the Group and the brands as well as for the North America region.



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3 thoughts on “Crackdown on Car Emissions Testing Following VW Scandal

  1. I blame the EPA for not being more on top of faulty car emission testing results. I am not absolving Volkswagen for their practices on this matter but the EPA is responsible for making sure that the emission claims from foreign manufacturers are accurate.

  2. VW Corporation SHOUL-BE “PROHIBITED” from Selling ANY MORE CARS in the USA until ALL REPAIRS to their “Existing (Privately-Owned) Feet is “HANDLED”!
    THAT is the Only “CORRECT” Remedy for a “Flagrant DISREGARD of AMERICA LAW!

  3. Blaming the EPA for this is like blaming a firefighter for failing to save the life of a person trapped in an arson-caused fire. The firefighter is not to blame for the death; the blame resides entirely with the arsonist. Similarly, the EPA is not to blame for the VW cheating; instead the blame lies entirely with VW.

    Can the EPA be more vigilant? Sure – just start funding them adequately. Don’t forget that the EPA is resource constrained by the GOP refusal to fully fund them; year after year after year. It’s just like firefighting: if you want to save more would-be arson victims, then provide adequate funds to employ more firefighters with more and better equipment …

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