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Taiwan to conduct random checks on VW cars amid scandal

Taiwan to conduct random checks on VW cars amid scandal

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) Taiwan's environmental protection authorities announced Wednesday that random tests will be conducted on the waste gas emission systems of vehicles produced by the Volkswagen (VW) Group, after the German carmaker reported irregularities concerning certain software used in some of its diesel engines. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said last week that it found that emission control software is being used on VW diesel cars so that they can reach American environmental standards by using "defeat codes" in their onboard computer systems to fool emissions testing equipment. The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said that after checking models of the VW cars involved in the emissions scandal in the United States, it found all of them are vehicles designed and produced especially for the American market. The diesel cars sold in Taiwan are all models produced based on European Union (EU) standards, which means that they are made in accordance with the EU's environmental regulations. "The vehicles sold in the U.S. are not the same as the ones sold in Taiwan," the EPA said in a statement. To ascertain whether or not the VW cars marketed in Taiwan have a similar problem to the ones in the U.S., it has asked for clarification from the VW group, and will conduct random checks on VW cars in Taiwan, the EPA said. Should any of the cars be found to be equipped with the emission control software, they will be subject to compulsory recall for rectification of the problem, it noted. (By Zoe Wei and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2020-12-01 08:12 GMT+08:00