The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accused a German automaker of deceptive practices in its emissions tests. Earlier this month, the EPA accused Volkswagen of using a particular software – called a “defeat device” – in its cars in order to make its diesel-powered engines appear to have lower levels of emission than they actually did. Finally, VW admitted to its deception when the EPA pressured the corporation by threatening to withhold approval for the company’s 2016 diesel models.
As a result of this deception, almost 500 thousand diesel-powered cars were affected. The EPA’s continued investigation into this deceptive practice could end in a recall of thousands of vehicles that contain the auto manufacturing giant’s “clean diesel” engines. The CEO of Volkswagen publicly apologized and announced that the company would stop selling diesel-powered cars from the 2015 and 2016 model years. Martin Winterkorn has since resigned. As what happened with General Motors, Volkswagen now faces a criminal investigation conducted by the United States Department of Justice.
Corporations exist solely to make profit, and unsurprisingly this imperative creates incentives for corporations to deceive and cheat government regulators and consumers. People brought certain Volkswagen automobiles believing that their cars were “eco-friendly.” Volkswagen deceived these consumers and it is important that both the government and consumers hold corporations accountable for their misconduct.
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