Volkswagen has been ordered to recall (paywall) some 482,000 diesel vehicles for allegedly installing software designed to undermine emissions inspections.
The US Environmental Protection Agency issued the company a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act earlier today (Sept. 18). It effects certain models released from 2009 to 2015.
The software had a sophisticated algorithm that detected when cars were being emissions tested, and turned on full emission controls then and then only. At all other times during normal driving, a switch would go off that activated a separate “road calibration” that made emission controls less effective and increased emissions of the smog producing pollutant nitrogen oxide “by a factor of 10 to 40 times above the EPA compliant levels,” depending on whether someone was driving in the city or highway.
No one should buy a Volkswagen because their unethical behavior put us all at risk.
This was not an accident but a purposeful use of software to get around air pollution regulations – VW was quite happy with fooling us all in order to make the air quality worse for us all.
They cheated in order to make more money and to have an advantage over other more ethical companies.
Thus why we not only need good regulation but tremendous fines to destroy any effort to cheat. Like lose a year or two of profits that they gained through unethical means.
And we can all stop buying cars from a company who is perfectly happy to knowingly cheat in order to make more money.
Image: Roger W
Because how do we know that they have not done similar things dealing with driver safety? Or with computerized transmission, brakes, etc.?