VW accused of diesel exhaust tests on monkeys
According to a news report issued at the end of January 2018, the German automaker, Volkswagen tried to hide the devastating results of a diesel emissions test on monkeys because the results were a lot worse than anticipated.
Interestingly enough, these accusations came up on the same day in which prosecutors of two German automaker strongholds pressed the investigation of Bosch and Audi over diesel emission cheating.
The tests on the animals were commissioned by an organization funded by Volkswagen, Daimler, and BMW, and the European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector (EUGT), which has been disbanded.
"We will fully investigate the facts and make sure such things do not happen again," the Mercedes-Benz maker said, "We are appalled by the nature and implementation of the studies... We condemn the experiments in the strongest terms."
The study on the monkeys, performed in the Albuquerque, New Mexico, US in 2015 were designed to prove that the diesel exhaust fumes of the VW Beetle were cleaner than those of a Ford Pickup.
"This was not what the results showed at all, however," reported Bild. They cited papers from the study that also claimed that VW model had been equipped with a so-called defeat device that reduced the emissions while testing.
According to the Bild report, the monkeys were exposed to the fumes during four hours. Time after which blood samples were taken from the animals and a special endoscope was inserted through their mouths and nostrils into their windpipes and bronchia.
This condemnation comes while VW is still dealing with the admission in 2015 of having manipulated 11 million cars worldwide to make them appear on the computer that they were polluting less than what they actually do.