History Repeats Itself: Volkswagen was Sued by the EPA for Cheating on Emissions in 1974
In 1974, Volkswagen was sued by the U.S. EPA for violating the Clean Air Act by utilizing emissions defeat devices on their vehicles. VW settled the lawsuit for $120,000 and the promise to comply with the Clean Air Act in the future. This past violation is virtually identical to the current VW “clean diesel” fraud.
In the early 1970s, VW equipped four models with a temperature sensing devices including one that disabled an emission control system and another that modified the fuel-air ratio on the carburetor at low temperatures. VW’s violation was based on their failure to report the installation of these devices to the EPA.
The current controversy involves an eerily similar charge: VW installed a defeat device in Volkswagen and Audi 2.0 TDI vehicles that disabled certain emission controls and was not disclosed to the EPA. VW has done it again.
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