ALERT: Volkswagen Says 11 Million Cars Worldwide Are Affected in Emissions Scandal

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Volkswagon's diesel cars were programmed to sense when emissions were being tested and to turn on equipment that reduced emissions, according to United States officials. At other times, the cars had better fuel economy and performance, but produced as much as 40 times the allowed amount of nitrogen oxide, a pollutant that can contribute to respiratory problems including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.

Volkswagen’s diesel cars were programmed to sense when emissions were being tested and to turn on equipment that reduced emissions, according to United States officials. At other times, the cars had better fuel economy and performance, but produced as much as 40 times the allowed amount of nitrogen oxide, a pollutant that can contribute to respiratory problems including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.

The world’s largest carmaker is in trouble.

The German carmaker now admits that 11 million of its diesel cars were equipped with software that was used to circumvent emissions tests. Previously, Volkswagen had said that the problem only affected 500,000 vehicles in the US. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that it will ask the company to recall 500,000 vehicles sold in the US between 2009-2015. These vehicles include Golf, Passat, Jetta, and Beetle; some Audi models also affected.

“It is not clear, though, how fully Volkswagen might be able to correct the problem on the 11 million vehicles. The company could presumably alter the engines, so that the cars on the road begin actually meeting the required emissions standards. But doing so would probably degrade the vehicles’ fuel economy and performance, and might cause the engines to wear out sooner.”

Volkswagen has set aside roughly $7.3 billion to cover the cost of fixing these cars in order to comply with emissions standards

The U.S. Justice Department has reportedly taken the preliminary steps to open a criminal investigation. Several law firms also have taken initial steps to bring a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen on behalf of owners.

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