Volkswagen lied to us. Its 11 million 'clean diesel' cars have been polluting the air at up to 40 times the federal standard for years.
Worse: they installed technology to hide the problem from emissions tests.
The company is being punished by the markets. But that doesn't compensate either its customers or the rest of us, and doesn't stop this from happening again.
Volkswagen's executives have been called to Capitol Hill where lawmakers will grill them on their actions and their proposals to fix what they broke.
Consumer Reports' President, Marta Tellado, put it this way, "We need to make certain that the consequences for deceiving the public are severe, and that they bring justice to those who have been harmed."
Consumer Reports, has put together a four point test that lawmakers can use to measure Volkswagen’s response.
The next actions of Volkswagen's Board of Directors should meet these standards! Our system will send a letter signed by you directly to your Representative and Senators!
Hold VW to this accountability test!
To: Representative, Senators
Volkswagen purposefully deceived millions of customers. As Congress holds hearings this week, use this test created by the auto experts at Consumer Reports to measure Volkswagen's response:
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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