Volkswagen Emission Scandal Affects 11 Million Vehicles
Volkswagen is facing investigations and lawsuits following the discovery that the computer systems it installed on 11 million diesel vehicles effectively “cheat” on emissions tests.
About the Volkswagen Emissions Investigation
According to NBC News, the computer systems that Volkswagen installed had the capability of sensing when a dynamometer test was being performed. The emissions controls systems would then operate at full efficiency, enabling the cars to perform in compliance within American as well as even tougher Californian emissions standards.
After the testing was done, the vehicles would revert to allowing emissions to increase “by as much as 40 times”. The 11 million engines in question are Type EA 189 engines.
European and South Korean officials have called for a full investigation into the diesel test scandal. VW CEO Martin Winterkorn has said that the company will fully cooperate with any investigation.
The U.S. Department of Justice has already taken steps to open a criminal investigation.
Volkswagen Lawsuit Details
Volkswagen has reportedly set aside $7.3 billion to cover the costs of the scandal, including lawsuits.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there could be a fine of $37,500 for each vehicle not in compliance, totaling around $18 billion in the U.S. alone. This doesn’t include the additional Californian fines or the lawsuits on behalf of owners.
Volkswagen has halted the sale of models included in the scandal until it finds a fix for the faulty computer systems.