Date
25 March 2017
VW’s North America chief Michael Horn testifies before a Congressional panel in Washington on Oct. 8, offering a “sincere apology” for the automaker’s rigged emissions tests. Photo: Reuters
VW’s North America chief Michael Horn testifies before a Congressional panel in Washington on Oct. 8, offering a “sincere apology” for the automaker’s rigged emissions tests. Photo: Reuters

VW’s US chief apologizes to Congress over emissions scandal

The head of Volkswagen’s US division apologized to the Congress for installing “defeat devices” to cheat emissions tests on the firm’s diesel cars.

Michael Horn said the events were “deeply troubling” and that the company takes full responsibility for the emissions rigging scandal.

However, he said the decision to use the devices was not one made by the company’s board, but by individuals, BBC reported.

“My understanding is that it was a couple of software engineers who put these in,” he said in testimony to a Congressional panel Thursday.

The executive said that three people had been suspended following the scandal, but they could not be named for legal reasons.

“On behalf of our company, and my colleagues in Germany, I would like to offer a sincere apology for Volkswagen’s use of a software program that served to defeat the regular emissions testing regime,” Horn said in the testimony.

“These events are deeply troubling,” he said. “We have broken the trust of our customers, dealerships, and employees, as well as the public and regulators.”

He added that the company takes “full responsibility for our actions and we are working with all the relevant authorities in a cooperative way.”

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