The people's carmaker, Volkswagen AG, has been caught with its Teutonic hand in the environmental cookie jar. It's not exactly the Reichstag Fire - but close.
The US EPA is ordering VW to recall half a million cars.
The Environmental Protection Agency issued the company a notice of violation and accused the company of breaking the law by installing software known as a “defeat device” in 4-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi vehicles from model years 2009-15. The device is programmed to detect when the car is undergoing official emissions testing, and to only turn on full emissions control systems during that testing. Those controls are turned off during normal driving situations, when the vehicles pollute far more heavily than reported by the manufacturer, the E.P.A. said.