EPA says VW Violated Vehicles Emissions Rule for Some Models; Ordered Recall of Almost Half Million Diesel Cars

EPA says VW Violated Vehicles Emissions Rule for Some Models; Ordered Recall

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency said that Volkswagen AG intentionally dodged the federal emission requirements for almost half-million of its diesel cars since 2009 in the U.S by writing vehicle software which would only activate anti-pollution controls while testing.

The Obama administration ordered Volkswagen to recall the cars from the road as the German automaker used the software deliberately which was designed to evade the set environmental standards for lessening the amount of smog.

The EPA issued a notice to the company for violating and breaking the law. The installed software known as a "defeat device" was used in 4-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi vehicles in models from 2009 to15.

The EPA said, the device installed in these models is programmed to sense when the car is undergoing an official emission testing. It would only turn on the full emissions control systems while the testing was continuing. Those controls would turn off when in the normal driving mode in all situations and the vehicles would release more pollutants than reported by the manufacturer.

The EPA and California's Air Resources Board said that the car maker has violated a federal law and according to the rules could have to shell out almost $18 billion to $37,500 fine for every vehicle. It could also face criminal prosecution. On Friday, both the agencies issued notices of non-compliance to VW, which is an essential step before a recall is ordered.