NEW YORK, Sept. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered Volkswagen to fix almost 500,000 of its diesel cars that the EPA said contained technology designed to fool emissions testing.
Specifically, according to the EPA, the cars contained technology that sensed when a car was being tested for emissions, and changed the car's output of nitrogen oxide for the duration of the test. When the test was over, the car would revert to emitting more pollutants than allowed by law. According to the EPA, current scientific evidence links nitrogen oxide exposure with adverse respiratory effects including airway inflammation in healthy people and increased respiratory symptoms in people with asthma.
The EPA said it would give VW a reasonable time to fix the problem by recall, noting that it could take VW up to a year to come up with an appropriate recall plan. The EPA also noted that the affected cars are safe to drive.
Commenting on the news, Milberg attorney Andrei Rado stated as follows: "What makes this truly stunning is that VW's has been pushing "clean diesel" technology, and advertising their diesel cars to environmentally conscious consumers, all the while knowing their cars can't pass U.S. emissions testing without cheating. One would expect an international car company with pretensions of environmental responsibility to behave better than this."
According to the EPA, the affected models are:
Model years 2009 to 2015:
The model years 2014 to 2015 Passat is also included.
Milberg LLP, a consumer and investor protection law firm, is investigating potential actions against VW as a result of this news. If you have any information about this matter, or if you would like to learn more about this potential matter, please contact the following attorney:
Andrei Rado, Esq.
One Pennsylvania Plaza, 49th Fl.
New York, NY 10119-0165
Phone number: (800) 320-5081
Email: [email protected]
SOURCE Milberg LLP