Volkswagen has been ordered to recall 482,000 cars after the Obama administration discovered the auto manufacturer intentionally tried to evade smog emissions testing equipment by using a “defeat device” in its some vehicles sold between 2009 and 2015.
The announcement was made today by the Environmental Protection Agency. The vehicles were purposely fitted with a device that could detect when the vehicle was undergoing an emissions test. This device would allow the vehicle to run at peak efficiency during the test, but would switch off to allow the vehicle to go back to polluting above approved standards after the test was done.
Volkswagen essentially used this device to illegally get around strict EPA and California Air Resources rules that regular how much pollution a vehicle can emit.
The Volkswagen diesel engine models affected are the Jetta, Golf, Beetle and Audi A3 models made between 2009 and 2015 and the 2014 and 2015 Passat. These vehicles will have to be brought into compliance with state and federal laws.
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