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EPA Says Volkswagen Cheated U.S. Emissions Tests

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Volkswagen cheated emissions tests by installing software on vehicles sold in the U.S. designed to evade regulators, the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday.

The EPA called the software a “defeat device” that allowed cars to pass Clean Air Act standards despite emitting pollutants up to 40 times the federal threshold.

The allegations are specific to about 482,000 diesel-powered cars from model years 2009-15, which include the Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle, Golf, Passat, and the Audi A3.

Major fines and penalties could be coming for the German automaker, and could be as much as $17 billion, according to MarketWatch, since the civil penalty for each vehicle in violation of federal law is about $35,500. The EPA said owners of those specific vehicles are not required to take immediate action. Volkswagen will be required to fix the cars for free, the EPA said.

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4 Comments

  1. How big of a fine did the EPA give the EPA for their heavy metal river spill?

  2. The government probably knew about it at the time, but now they are just desperate for income…

  3. The EPA needs money to clean up their river spill problem since they arent going to fine themselves.

  4. eMojis are not fined in China, we must remember this.

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