A new research by MIT claims the ‘defect devices’ in VW vehicles will kill 140 more people if not removed immediately.
Researchers from MIT just published a new peer review paper on VW diesel emissions. According to the study 60 Americans have already died due to the diesel emissions from VW vehicles.
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Volkswagen installed 500,000 of the ‘defect devices’ in their cars. The devices avoided federal pollution requirements in the US and Europe. The paper also claims 140 more US citizens will die if the cars are not recalled.
The paper was published on Thursday in an open-access journal called Environmental Research Letters. The paper was titled ‘Impact of the Volkswagen emissions control defeat device on US public health’.
The lead author of the study is Steven Barrett, a professor of aerospace and energy at MIT. Barrett claims VW vehicles cost the US $450 million in pollution control since they were sold. While the cars will also cause the US an additional $910 million.
The study is the first of its kind to estimate the additional medical costs attached to VW diesel cars. The emissions by VW vehicles contained nitrous-oxide. About 30 Americans with chronic respiratory conditions suffered numerous days of inactivity due to the VW cars.
The individuals had 120,000 days restricted activity and 210,000 days of lower respiratory-system functioning. The VW emissions also increased t use of drugs such as Albuterol. People with asthma related conditions used Albuterol 33,000 times more than usual.
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The next phase of the study will focus on VW emissions impact in Europe. In Europe the VW diesel cars are make up a much larger percentage of cars on the road. In UK 1,2 million people have the VW vehicles with the ‘defect device’.