The shadow continues to spread. VW also makes Skoda vehicles in the Czech Republic. This adds a further 1.2 million diesel vehicles to the diesel duping scheme.
Now that the International Council on Clean Transportation has cast its sight on three more brands of diesel vehicle.
"And the International Council on Clean Transportation, the same group that discovered the Volkswagen deception, said Renault, Hyundai and Volvo each have single diesel models that would not pass real-world emission tests" - CBC News
It’s not just money that’s at stake in this scandal. Air pollution caused by dirty engines kills people. The exhaust contains fine particles which may work their way into the lungs but there have been 40 toxic substances identified which are present in the vehicle exhaust. A few of them are benzene, arsenic, formaldehyde, nickel and nitrogen oxides.
These toxic substances are known cancer causing agents and the fine particulate matter may contribute to eye and lung irritation. As in many pollutants, the very young and the very old are most susceptible.
Opinion: Whoever is finally tagged with approving the writing of the software and its installation should be charged with a much more serious crime than swindling and defrauding the trusting customer.
Further, sales of diesel vehicles which may have had doped software have been suspended in Canada and the US.
"Volkswagen Canada has issued a stop-sale order to our dealers for all of the affected vehicles pending resolution of this matter," company spokesman Thomas Tetzlaff" - CBC News
The affected vehicles that may be affected are as old as 2009 models. The 2015 models are also affected. Included are VW models Jetta, Golf, Beetle, Passat and Sportswagon. About one fifth of VWs sales in Canada are diesels.
Both environmental protection agencies in Canada and the US have stressed that the vehicles in question are not unsafe to drive, but they are emitting unsafe levels of pollutants. One of diesel’s exhaust emissions is benzene, a carcinogen. Criminal investigations have begun.
The troubles for VW continue as law firms in both countries have already begun organizing class action suits.
The Guardian has reported that the whistleblower who broke the scandal has intimated that more firms may have been involved with spoofing the EPA results and that it’s time that they are also looked at critically.
[Wednesday update - Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn resigns]
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