EPA announced the Volkswagen’s 3-liter engines also contain the deceiving diesel emission software.
It seems the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal is growing. More Volkswagen vehicles are being found to have the defect devices. On Friday EPA announced the 3-liter V-6 diesel vehicles by Volkswagen also contain the defect devices.
Volkswagen has been violating the US clean-air standards for the last 7 years. Previously the 2-liter four-cylinder engines were caught cheating emission tests. The engines went into smaller VW and Audi cars in the U.S. The latest development means the diesel emission scandal has spread to the heftier VW cars.
EPA announced Volkswagen and Audi vehicles with 3-liter diesel engines are also violating standards. The 2009 to 2016 model years are involved in emissions violations. Addition of the 3-litre engine takes the total of affected vehicles to 85,000 vehicles in the US alone.
VW officials themselves acknowledged on Thursday the number of affected vehicles is greater to EPA. Volkswagen has admitted they have alternate exhaust control devices in their vehicles. The devices further violate the air-quality laws of US.
Audi has revealed the new software is not the same found in the 2 litre cars. Audi also claimed the new software is legal in Europe. As a result EPA can fine VW with $37,500 per vehicle for Clean Air Act violations.
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The amount can total up to $21 billion in fines if VW has installed defeat devices in their latest models. VW is also facing additional government investigations and lawsuits. It includes a criminal probe by the U.S. Justice Department.