The Japanese automaker, Toyota, announced that it will recall more than 2.4 million hybrid cars over a defect that could cause crashes. This recall comes in the wake of another recall made by Toyota in September 2018 that recalled more than one million hybrid cars globally after uncovering a technical problem that could cause fires. The Japanese car giant Toyota has sold more than 12 million hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles globally, including the Prius, since 1997.
A class action lawsuit has been filed in California against Volkswagen petitioning for an immediate buyback of all diesel Volkswagen (VW) vehicles that fail to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emission standards. The suit was filed in response to the recent Volkswagen emission scandal uncovered last month; a whopping 482,000 diesel vehicles in the USA have allegedly been equipped with software designed to manipulate pollution emission results in order to comply with EPA regsulations. In reality, these vehicles have been emitting nearly forty times the acceptable EPA emission standards and have been met with public discontent ever since Volkswagen confirmed that the allegations were true.
Volkswagen, the largest automaker in world, has recently come under investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for installing software in its vehicles to manipulate emissions tests. Volkswagen has been utilizing this software to trick regulators into believing that their vehicles comply with emission standards when in truth, their vehicles emit pollutants up to 40 times admissible EPA standards. Meanwhile, the Justice Department opened a criminal probe to discover the individuals responsible for the misconduct. Volkswagen and any other culpable executives or individuals may be charged with fraud and conspiracy, amongst various other criminal charges. Foreign regulatory agencies are also expected to open investigations.