Volkswagen claims its defeat device complies with European law
Volkswagen has claimed the defeat device that’s caused it so much drama around the world, particularly in the US, doesn’t break European laws.
IN A STANCE THAT’S likely to be echoed in Australia, Volkswagen in Germany has been quoted in a number of German newspapers saying its ‘defeat device’ isn’t “unlawful” in Europe. The defeat device that led to the #dieselgate scandal and broke Californian emissions laws (costing the company US$16.5 billion in US damages), VW claims is not “unlawful” in Europe.
“The software contained in vehicles with a EA-189 engine in the view of Volkswagen represents no unlawful defeat device under European law,” VW said last week in emailed comments to German media outlets. “The efficiency of the emissions cleanup system will not be reduced in those vehicles which however would be a prerequisite for the existence of an unlawful defeat device in the legal sense.”
Volkswagen implied in other comments that it’s decision to comply with voluntary recalls for corrective works on those diesel engines with the ‘defeat device’ isn’t an admission of guilt.
“Volkswagen wants to — in the special interest of customers — cooperate constructively and cooperatively hand in hand with the regulators as well as with the Federal Motor Vehicle Authority,” VW said. “This intensive cooperation should not be burdened by a contentious dispute.”
And in a strange twist, Volkswagen in Germany has come out and suggested that nitrogen oxides, the particularly harmful part of diesel emissions, can’t be proven as being harmful to humans.
Question: Is Volkswagen making a difficult situation very, very bad?