Recently,The Environmental Protection Agency hit Volkswagen with a notice of violation Friday, asserting that the carmaker has been using software called a “defeat device” to game official emmissions evaluations in about 482,000 of its cars according to Slate.
The New York Times reported that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi 2009–2015 diesel models were actually spewing more pollution than official testing revealed. The cars’ software was set up to detect regulatory evaluations and turn on the full emission control system for the duration of the test. When the cars actually hit the road, though, the software knew to turn the framework off. The big pollutant Volkswagen seems to have been trying to hide is nitrogen oxide, which contributes to smog and ozone buildup.
In addition to the EPA notice, California is also giving Volkswagen a violation, and the two groups are working with the Justice Department to investigate their complaints. “Using a defeat device in cars to evade clean air standards is illegal and a threat to public health,” EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Cynthia Giles said in a statement. “Working closely with the California Air Resources Board, E.P.A. is committed to making sure that all automakers play by the same rules.”
Environmental regulators are working on an initiative to broaden regulation enforcement and let carmakers know that there are penalties for violations. The agency wrote, “VW may be liable for civil penalties and injunctive relief for the violations alleged. … It is incumbent upon Volkswagen to initiate the process that will fix the cars’ emissions systems.
According to Research Buzz :FireHose, Volkswagen has created a database of cars where owners can check to see if their cars are impacted by the emissions scandal. The database is searchable by VIN. “The software causes vehicles to emit nitrogen oxide — which can exacerbate respiratory conditions such as asthma — at rates of up to 40 times U.S. standards. But in regulatory tests, the software makes the vehicles appear compliant.” Access the database here.
Here’s a letter to Volkswagen customers from President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America,Michael Horn regarding emission issues:
On September 18, 2015, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and Volkswagen AG received notice from the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Justice and the California Air Resources Board informing VW that those agencies had determined that some of our 2.0L 4-cylinder TDI vehicles do not comply with applicable emissions regulations.
The vehicles included in the notifications include:
VW Jetta TDI (Model Years 2009 – 2015)
VW Jetta SportWagen TDI (Model Years 2009-2014)
VW Golf TDI (Model Years 2010-2015)
VW Golf SportWagen TDI (Model Year 2015)
VW Beetle TDI and VW Beetle Convertible TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)
VW Passat TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)
As environmental protection and sustainability are among Volkswagen’s strategic corporate objectives, the Company takes this matter very seriously and is cooperating with the investigation.
Volkswagen is committed to finding a remedy as soon as possible. We want to assure customers and owners of these models that their automobiles are safe to drive, and we are working to develop a remedy that will meet the expectations of the government agencies.
Owners of these vehicles do not need to take any action at this time. Once we have information regarding a remedy, consumers will be notified.
We understand that owners of the cars affected by the emissions compliance issues are upset. We ask our valued customers for their patience as we address this issue as quickly as we can.
You may have noticed that we have stopped advertising our latest TDI models. We did this as an interim step while we seek the government approvals that will allow us to offer our 2.0L 4-cylinder TDI models for sale.
We are committed to making this right and preventing it from ever happening again. We will bring these TDI vehicles into compliance with the federal and state emissions regulations.
Along with our parent company, Volkswagen AG, we are committed to do what must be done, and begin to restore your trust.
We will share more information with you as it becomes available.
Thank you for your understanding.
President and CEO
Volkswagen Group of America
Ladies, the emission issue with Volkswagen is only a bump in the road and if you own a Volkswagen we pray this is something that can be corrected easily. If you’ve ever wanted a car that was somewhat mommy-ish with a sexy appeal Volkswagen has given us that,but our EARTH and ozone has suffered tremendously because of it.
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