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VW Emission Recall May Be the Most Expensive in History

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Stephanie Samedi2 years ago

Volkswagen has yet to recall nearly 500,000 faulty turbodiesel (TDI) models in the U.S. that contain a device designed to cheat emissions tests; however, analysts report there will likely be hefty fines, lawsuits, and maybe even criminal prosecution involved.

About The Impending Volkswagen Recall  

According to Yahoo News, once issued, the Volkswagen TDI recall may turn out to be the most expensive vehicle recall in history.

Reports indicate the Volkswagen vehicles were equipped with software that would reduce emission levels when it sensed the vehicle was undergoing emissions testing. After testing, the vehicle would revert to standard emissions causing emission to increase by four times.

Vehicles included in the recall are:

  • 2009-2015 Volkswagen Jetta
  • 2009-2015 Volkswagen Beetle
  • 2009-2015 Audi A3
  • 2009-2015 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2014-2015 Volkswagen Passat

Recall Records and Statistics

  • VW has already set aside $7.2 billion to deal with recalls, fines, litigation and other costs
  • The controversy involving Ford Explorers equipped with Firestone tires in the late 1990s cost Ford about $3 billion.
  • Only about 65% of cars that are recalled actually get repaired, and that can be far lower when the problem isn’t related to safety.


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