Have other car makers learned from VW’s emission crisis mistakes? (Apparently not)


Emissions testing

A technician starts an emissions test on a car.
Courtesy of How Stuff Works.com


More automotive makers’ vehicles are failing emissions testing miserably less than a month after Volkswagen was outed for using software to help its vehicles illegally pass emissions tests.

The Guardian, a daily newspaper in the UK, has published two stories in less than two weeks showing 11 more car companies’  diesel engine vehicles performed better in a controlled test environment to pass the emissions testing, but failed horribly when pushed to road testing conditions.

The other car manufacturers whose diesel vehicles did not pass the strict testing guidelines are: Renault, Nissan, Hyundai, Citreon, Fiat, Volvo, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Mazda and Mitsubishi. However, none of the other car brands tested had the programming data software originally found in Volkswagen diesel vehicles.

Technically, none of these other car manufactures have done anything wrong. (Well, yet – unless the EPA later finds the corporations mandated a way to fool the testing systems).  None of the other car manufacturers have released statements regarding the validity of these tests. Surely, they will come out with something soon. Just because their vehicles have not been found to have a “defect device” as in the case with Volkswagen vehicles does not mean they should lie to the public. Every firm’s engineering department knows their vehicles would not meet emissions standards.

With or without a device the public demands to know the truth about the vehicles on the road. If appropriate, the affected vehicles need to be retrofitted with proper equipment at no cost to the consumer to fix the pollution affecting the air we all breathe.

Also, earlier this week, the Volkswagen of America cast the blame for the “defect device” during testimony before Congress on a handful of rogue engineers. I am sorry that is just a sorry attempt to hide from their mistakes by trying to pin the incident on employees, rather than taking full responsibility.

Congress is seeing that and so will the global public. Bad move Volkswagen. I really hope other automakers will take the high road and tell the truth.

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