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November 8, 2015 : After Volkswagen Defeat Device Scandal, E.P.A. Expands Auto Testing Procedure

Volkswagen Defeat Device Scandal News

In response to the discovery of several brash violations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations by Volkswagen, the governing body responsible for regulating the impact of human activity on the environment has expanded its testing procedures in order to preempt and detect cheating of this kind.

urlStarting on September 18, 2015, the Volkswagen defeat device scandal went public, and it was exposed that certain Volkswagen and Audi diesel vehicles were equipped with “defeat devices”. This software was designed to detect when the vehicle is undergoing official emissions testing and turn on emission control technology, and detect when the vehicle is not being tested and turn off the emission control technology. As a result, these vehicles meet emissions standards when tested in laboratories or at testing stations, but emit nitrogen oxide pollutants up to 40 times the limit permitted by the EPA when driven on the road by unsuspecting VW owners.

To learn more about the beginning of the Volkswagen Scandal, visit Volkswagen Confesses to Diesel Deceit.

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Volkswagen owners bought their diesel vehicles for a combination of good gas mileage and clean emissions. These owners now face financial loss related to repairs and vehicle loss of value, as well has dealing with the stress of the vehicle recall and repair process.

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EPA Expanded Testing In Order to Detect Defeat Device Cheating

On September 25, 2015, EPA director of the office of transportation and air quality Christopher Grundler reported that all auto manufacturers had been sent a letter informing them of the new “evaluations designed to detect potential defeat devices” that had been added to standard testing procedure. Mr. Grundler, in explaining the vague letter, said, “Manufacturers have asked us what the test conditions would be, and we’ve told them that they don’t have a need to know.” The only information Grundler supplied regarding the new testing procedure was that “It will be random.”

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