NEW YORK, October 26. /Corr. Kirill Volkov/. German automotive concern Volkswagen, caught using software that allows you to bypass environmental regulations, has suspended a number of executives and top managers but also all regular employees and engineers that have any relation to “diesel scandal”. This was reported on Sunday in its electronic version of the newspaper The Wall Street Journal.
According to the publication, such a step the automaker has decided to go after the recommendations of the American law firm Jones Day hired by Volkswagen to conduct an internal investigation to find out how the program that allows you to falsify data environmental tests in the U.S. and Europe, was set at about 11 million cars. According to the newspaper, experts of Jones Day insisted on suspension of work “of all who could be involved in manipulation – from senior decision-maker managers to engineers”, in order to prevent possible interference in the investigation.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal source, working in Volkswagen and familiar with the situation, the company “had to suspend all” who was directly involved in the installation of specified software on the cars. “It is necessary for the investigation, although it is hard for us, because now we are faced with lack of professional experience and knowledge (these employees),” said this source. He also noted that, most likely, the majority of staff, excluded from participation in the proceedings will upon investigation, found innocent of wrongdoing and be able to return to their jobs.
Volkswagen was at the center of a scandal after the discovery in the car group with diesel engines software that allows you to bypass environmental standards in the United States. 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. The investigation of the concern are carried out in the USA, several countries in Europe and Asia.
In connection with the incident, the head of Volkswagen Martin Winterkorn has left his post, and German prosecutors launched an investigation into his activities. Earlier The Wall Street Journal also reported that the company has temporarily suspended the Board member for technical development of Audi Ulrich Hackenberg member of the Board of Porsche Wolfgang Hatz, responsible for the development of engines. Volkswagen, which owns both companies, he suspects them of involvement in the intentional manipulation of indicators of harmful emissions.