NEW YORK, October 14. /Corr. Kirill Volkov/. German carmaker Volkswagen has revealed to the US authorities information about the availability of their cars with diesel engines another software (SW), which can affect the results of environmental tests. This was reported to the environment Agency the Associated Press.
According to the AP, it is about “supporting device for the control of emissions” prescribed in the car 2016 model year. This software allows the treatment of exhaust gases of a car to work several times faster, which can significantly affect test results for compliance with environmental requirements.
As stated by the Agency in Volkswagen, car manufacturers often install on their machines. However, according to the laws of the United States, the authorities must be informed before issuing certificates of compliance with environmental regulations, permitting sale in the country.
Reportedly, the presence of additional software on the new models Volkswagen is interested in the California regulators and the Federal Agency for environmental protection of the United States. “Currently, the departments carry out the necessary checks,” said the automaker, adding that Volkswagen provide to the authorities all the necessary data. AP notes that after the release of information about new Volkswagen cars FOR the 2016 model year, designed for delivery in the U.S. will be delayed at customs pending investigation.
The scandal at Volkswagen
Volkswagen was at the center of a scandal after the discovery in the car group with diesel engines, which allows you to bypass strict ecological standards of the USA. The investigation into the auto giant launched in several countries in Europe and Asia. As noted in the statement by Volkswagen, the problem of falsifying data environmental tests on the content of harmful substances in exhaust gases of vehicles affected to 11 million cars worldwide.
We are talking about the device that includes the full capacity of the exhaust system only during appropriate inspection machine. During normal car operation, the system is partially disabled. Thus, during the test is not fixed, for example, the level of nitrogen dioxide emissions, which can cause asthma attacks and other respiratory diseases.
In connection with the incident, the head of the concern Martin Winterkorn resigned from his post, and German prosecutors began against him investigation. In September, American authorities announced the decision to require Volkswagen to recall 482 thousand cars of brands Volkswagen and Audi sold in the US in the period 2009-2015.