U.S. Orders Mass Volkswagen Recall

September 18, 2015

The German automaker Volkswagen has been forced to put into effect a recall of 500,000 cars in the U.S., costing the company upwards of 18 billion dollars.

Since the passage of the Clean Air Act the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been cracking down on pollution regulations. A “defeat device” allowed the affected Volkswagen’s to pass emissions testing, when in fact they were emitting 40 times the prescribed amount.

An official from the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance stated, “Using a defeat device in cars to evade clean air standards is illegal and a threat to public health.”

The affected vehicle models include 2009-2014 Jettas, Bettels, Audi A3s, and Golfs, as well as 2014-2015 Passats.