UN calls VW cheating scandal ‘extremely troubling’

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Published: September 23, 2015 12:04:09 PM

The United Nations today described as "extremely troubling" Volkswagen's admission that it had equipped 11 million of its cars with devices to cheat emission tests and urged the auto giant to correct the situation.

The United Nations today described as “extremely troubling” Volkswagen’s admission that it had equipped 11 million of its cars with devices to cheat emission tests and urged the auto giant to correct the situation.

“The auto industry has to be a partner in all efforts in the private sector in terms of combating climate change,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

“I hope the company, Volkswagen, cooperates fully and rectifies the issue,” he said.

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn apologized for the scandal that has triggered investigations in the United States, France and South Korea, among other countries, sending company shares into a tailspin.

US authorities announced Friday that special software on VW diesel vehicles drastically reduced output of pollutants when they were undergoing emissions test.

The cheating device affected nearly half a million vehicles sold in the United States.

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