What We Know:
– An EPA investigation concluded Volkswagen installed a “defeat device” in select VW vehicles.
– The device is a piece of complex software that detects if the vehicle is being tested and limits emissions during the testing period.
– Volkswagen has admitted that the vehicles did contain a defeat device.
– On Friday, Sept. 18, the Obama Administration ordered Volkswagen to recall the affected vehicles.
– The defeat device has been found in diesel 2009-2015 model Volkswagens sold in the United States:
- Beetle (2009 – 2015)
- Jetta (2009 – 2015)
- Golf (2009 – 2015)
- Passat (2014 – 2015)
- Audi A3 (2009 – 2015)
– Nearly 500,000 vehicles are believed to contain this device.
– The U.S. government gave a $1,300 tax credit to individuals who purchased a Volkswagen Jetta TDI “Clean Diesel” in 2009, the first year these vehicles were affected.
– The carmaker could face $18 billion in fines from the EPA.
– Owners of the affected vehicles need not take any action yet, as their safety is not at risk.
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