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Volkswagen scandal goes back to 2005

Investors and regulators put more pressure on Volkswagen

Investors and regulators put more pressure on Volkswagen on Wednesday after the company said it had understated the carbon dioxide emissions for 800,000 cars, widening its scandal over cheating on U.S. engine tests. Credit: AP

2005: That’s the year Volkswagen began a deception that allowed its diesel engines to fraudulently pass U.S. emissions tests. The cheating, it seems, started when VW first pushed diesel engine sales in the United States 10 years ago, and realized its products wouldn’t meet U.S. standards. The company’s chief executive blamed “a chain of errors.” But this was no mistake. Fraud was committed. So, firing employees and paying fines aren’t enough. It’s time for those responsible — all the way to the top — to be prosecuted.

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