Volkswagen engulfed by diesel emissions scandal
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
of issued on Sunday a public apology and announced an outside inquiry would be carried out, after the company became engulfed in a scandal about diesel emissions tests.
Over the weekend there were damaging revelations that the car manufacturer has been using illegal software to enable diesel cars to cheat on mandatory emissions tests.
An investigation into alleged breaches of environmental law was originally initiated on the advice of the, a European NGO. The requested tests be carried out by , where the secret software was discovered.
Volkswagen has suffered a significant drop of almost a fifth in the value of its shares. There have been knock-on effects for other car manufacturers who have also seen their share values fall after suggestions that the scandal could extend much further than just Volkswagen.
The company will have to foot the bill for the recall of close to 500,000 VW andcars. There is also the possibility of paying federal fines of up to 18 billion dollars because the US sets a maximum fine of US$37,500 for each vehicle that contravenes the requirements of the Act.
The software, known as a "defeat device", enabled cars to identify when they were being tested and to switch on the emission control system. The devices may have been addingto the car exhaust because that would reduce the amount of nitrogen dioxide. The car would release a fraction of the compared to when they were being driven normally. Emissions of nitrogen oxide contribute to and are thought to have caused a rise in like .
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