Lawmakers press for answers on Volkswagen emissions failures

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) plan to hold a subcommittee hearing to review Volkswagen’s diesel engine emission issues. 

U.S. regulators last week said Volkswagen diesel engines in models from 2009 to 2015 have exhaust emissions levels that exceed state and federal limits throughout the United States.
“Strong emissions standards are in place for the benefit of public health,” Upton and Murphy said in a joint statement. “Manufacturers throughout the United States, and across the world, have developed leading technologies to reduce airborne emissions within the limits set by EPA and state environmental agencies. However, reported EPA allegations that certain Volkswagen models contained software to defeat auto emissions tests raise serious questions.”

The government regulators alleged that Volkswagen deliberately programmed its vehicles to emit lower emissions during official testing. Volkswagen has since admitted that 11 million diesel-engine vehicles worldwide may be affected, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

“We will follow the facts,” the Upton and Murphy’s joint statement said. “We are also concerned that auto consumers may have been deceived – that what they were purchasing did not come as advertised. The American people deserve answers and assurances that this will not happen again. We intend to get those answers.”

Details of the hearing have yet to be announced.