German automaker giant Volkswagen has recently been under fierce criticism after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that its newer lines of diesel units are equipped with a sophisticated device used to ‘cheat’ standard emissions test. The software was so uniquely designed that it can sense whether it is being tested for emissions, and can do the necessary trick to pass the test. But when in normal operating conditions, diesel cars equipped with this cheat device emit much more – up to 40 times greater than what clean air regulations allow.
This scandal has send waves of discontent among Volkswagen customers. Apart from being tricked in believing that what they had bought was a car both of power and fuel efficiency, they now have to deal with decreased resale value. In fact, some of them are so infuriated that more and more are filing for a VW emissions lawsuit to get the compensation they believe they deserve.
This issue has also caused the German automaker giant to suffer from great losses. Last month, the company was compelled to release $1,000 worth of cash cards for every affected customer to hopefully quell dismay and to win back the hearts of their clients. During the emissions scandal, the company has also lost a substantial amount from its ROI, and is expected to lose more as it plans to roll out series of recall to fix the issue. To date, the company has announced its readiness to put aside more than 7 million USD, or 6.7 billion euros, according to the Associated Press, to fix the fraud.
Ultimately, the environment is at the receiving end of this fiasco. Affected Volkswagen units release oxides that are contributing to acid rain and smog formation. Furthermore, NO2 released by engines are contributors to ground-level ozone, which is known to trigger different respiratory problems. These lung problems include emphysema, asthma, and bronchitis.