An Investigation Into The Volkswagen Emissions Scandal After Research

1636 Words Sep 24th, 2016 7 Pages
Since September of last year, there is an ongoing investigation into the Volkswagen emissions scandal after research indicated a large discrepancy in emissions during testing and road operation conditions on some of the company’s diesel engine vehicles.[1] On September 9, 2016, James Liang, an experienced Volkswagen engineer and head of the company’s Diesel Competence unit in the U.S., pleaded guilty to taking part in a fraudulent scheme to allow certain Volkswagen vehicles that violated emissions regulations to pass testing procedures and to be sold in the United States. Beginning in 2006, VW was in the process of designing new “clean diesel” engines that would be used in vehicles to be sold in the U.S, but the company soon discovered that diesel engines could not be designed to meet the emissions regulations and while at the same time providing satisfactory driving performance.[2] Instead of redesigning the engines to comply emissions regulations or dropping the design altogether, Liang and other engineers developed a device to sense when the engine was being tested and run on an alternate low emissions mode until the test was complete to enable the engine to pass emissions testing. After pleading guilty, Liang is facing criminal charges, and is cooperating with investigators to determine others that should be responsible for the scandal. Should Liang and the other engineers involved in the development of the device be held responsible based on the morality of their…

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