VW Toureg Hybrid did not have defeat devices live the TDI vehicles the EPA fined VW AG.


September 25, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a letter sent to vehicle manufacturers. The EPA thereby notifying them that the agency is adding to its confirmatory testing additional evaluations. All designed to look for potential defeat devices across all car companies.

View the letter here:  http://www3.epa.gov/otaq/cert/violations.htm

Last Friday, EPA sent a Notice of Violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. All alleging that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015. For they include defeat device software. Software that circumvents EPA emissions standards.

Defeat Device

These cars contain software that turns off emissions controls when driving normally. Moreover it turns them on when the car is undergoing an emission test. 

40x NOx Emissions

Known as a “defeat device,” this design feature results in the cars emitting up to 40 times the amount of NOx emissions. I mean that the standards allow.  NOx standards are in place to ensure public health is protected.

EPA’s notice of violation, along with an In-Use Compliance Letter. All that the California Air Resources Board issued. Thereby to provide information and details relating to the VW AG violations.

View a pdf of the Notice of Violation here:


View the California Air Resources Board’s In-Use Compliance Letter here:


For more information on EPA’s recent action toward VW AG; as well as information for owners of the affected vehicles. Please visit http://www3.epa.gov/otaq/cert/violations.htm

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