The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has become more vigilant following the admission by Volkswagen that it had used cheat software in its diesel cars to abide by the diesel emission norms set by the United States regulators. Following this incident, Volkswagen Group will be recalling all its diesel cars sold in the United States to refit the diesel engine.
The Volkswagen diesel cars recall is the costliest and the most extensive of recalls seen on the American soil. A total of 11 million VW vehicles all over the world have been found to be suing the cheat software and the company is forced to recall all of them.
What the Volkswagen episode has done is to make the EPA more stringent when testing diesel engine cars. It appears now that more car makers are under the radar of the EPA to see if the car makers who sell diesel engines in the U.S are also involved in a similar style of cheating. The diesel car models from Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, Chrysler, BMW and General Motors are also scrutinized by the EPA for possible violation of the diesel emission standards.
At least 28 diesel powered car models will be under the purview of the EPA and they will be checked if the vehicles are using cheat software to underplay the emission readings during the lab tests. The EPA officials want to find out if only the German automaker was involved in cheating the agency or whether this is a widespread practice followed by many popular car manufacturers in America.
One used vehicle of every model that it is looking to check will be made to undergo testing. If the agency finds some discrepancies, then it will carry out the probe on the particular manufacturer on a wide angle to get into the depth of the matter.
This serious probe by the EPA means that all the diesel car models sold from various manufacturers in the United States will be checked for any cheating software or other methods used to reduce the emissions of the car to abide to the U.S. regulations.
To make the tests on diesel cars more decisive, The EPA will not be receiving the car from the manufacturers, but will be borrowing or renting the cars that are currently used by the car owners. The owners who offer the car for EPA check up will be compensated by the agency with free car washes or oil changes.