Thursday, June 16, 2005

VW fined $1 million for emission glitch

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Volkswagen AG $1.1 million for failing to fix or notify officials about a defective oxygen sensor in the Golf, Jetta, and New Beetle. The defective oxygen sensor increased pollution from the models that had this problem. The EPA said that this is the largest fine ever issued for this type of violation. Volkswagen AG has agreed to pay this fine.

The defective oxygen sensor was found on 326,000 models from 1999 to 2001. Volkswagen has already conducted a recall, spending an estimated $26 million implemeting it.

Articles:
EPA Press Release : Detroit News : CNN : ConsumerAffairs.com : Green Car Congress : Reuters

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