Volkswagen AG’s lead US executive Michael Horn has been called to testify on October 8 in front of a US congressional oversight panel following the company’s acknowledgement it has rigged diesel emission testing procedures.
According to a panel spokesperson, the top US manager has been called to answer questions in regards to the company’s move to cheat on diesel emissions tests, with the illegal software actually installed in up to 11 million autos around the world. Michael Horn, president and chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America, will testify in front of an investigations panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on October 8 at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) and the lawmakers have also called the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s officials to testify.
The world’s (interim) largest automaker, also Europe’s biggest, has announced it indeed rig diesel emissions tests in the US using a software called as a “defeat device,” which was used to detect testing conditions and enable all emissions lowering systems that were idled during normal driving conditions – with up to 40 times the pollution released in the air as a consequence. The EPA has envisioned a recall of affected models as being very “likely”.
“The American people want to know why these devices were in place, how the decision was made to install them, and how they went undetected for so long. We will get them those answers,” commented U.S. Representative Tim Murphy, who will preside at the hearing as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The lawmakers have already asked both VW and the EPA to deliver any relevant documents in preparation for what looks like a comprehensive congressional investigations that could spark additional federal legislation concerning auto emissions.