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Federal Trade Commission Opens Probe Into Volkswagen’s “Clean Diesel” Advertising

Federal Trade Commission Opens Probe Into Volkswagen’s “Clean Diesel” Advertising

The list of state and federal agencies probing Volkswagen’s recent emissions scandal grew by one Wednesday: The Federal Trade Commission announced it has opened an investigation into the company’s advertisements that touted “clean diesel” vehicles, despite the fact the cars contained “defeat devices,” which are designed to cheat emissions tests. [More]

VW Moving Forward With New Emissions System, Electric Power For Future Models

VW Moving Forward With New Emissions System, Electric Power For Future Models

Volkswagen’s immediate future is in a bit of a holding pattern. The company has a plan for how to properly handle diesel emissions in new vehicles, but it can’t implement it right away. Meanwhile, its 2016 lineup of diesels has yet to win approval from the Environmental Protection Agency. [More]

Volkswagen Recall Repairs Could Start In January, Might Take All Year To Complete

Volkswagen Recall Repairs Could Start In January, Might Take All Year To Complete

The new head of embattled car manufacturer Volkswagen says the company might not be able to start recalling diesel cars that cheat on emissions tests until January, and that it might take most of 2016 for all repairs to be completed.  [More]

Studies Try To Estimate Number Of Deaths Tied To Rigged Volkswagen Emissions

Studies Try To Estimate Number Of Deaths Tied To Rigged Volkswagen Emissions

Over the course of seven years, Volkswagen and its affiliated companies sold millions of diesel vehicles around the world — nearly 500,000 in the U.S. — with emissions control systems rigged so that the cars falsely appeared to meet environmental standards. While much of the focus has been on the carmaker’s alleged fraud and the financial cost to consumers and VW, some researchers have been trying to figure out how many people died as a result of the additional toxic emissions released into the air. [More]

Volkswagen To Announce Emissions Fix Plans In “Next Few Days”

Volkswagen To Announce Emissions Fix Plans In “Next Few Days”

Since the Environmental Protection Agency revealed earlier this month that Volkswagen had rigged its so-called “clean diesel” vehicles to cheat on emissions tests, owners of the approximately 11 million cars affected by this trickery have been waiting to find out when they might hear something other than apologies from the German carmaker. [More]

Audi Confirms 2.1 Million Vehicles Affected By Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

Audi Confirms 2.1 Million Vehicles Affected By Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

For more than a week, Volkswagen has been the center of an emissions scandal in which it admitted that nearly 11 million diesel engine vehicles worldwide come equipped with software that tricked emissions tests. While an order of violation from the Environmental Protection Agency included several Audi sedans, VW had yet to announce just how many of those vehicles were affected worldwide. Now we know: 2.1 million. [More]

VW Previously Recalled Some Vehicles Over Emissions Standards

VW Previously Recalled Some Vehicles Over Emissions Standards

Five months before Volkswagen was ordered by federal regulators to recall nearly 500,000 sedans that equipped with software that tricked emissions tests, the company sent notices to some owners that their cars were in need of an “emissions service action.” [More]

Volkswagen CEO Resigns Amid Emissions Violation Scandal

Volkswagen CEO Resigns Amid Emissions Violation Scandal

Less than a week after the Environmental Protection Agency ordered Volkswagen to recall nearly 500,000 vehicles equipped with software that tricked emissions tests, the company’s CEO announced he would resign. [More]

New York Is Now Investigating Volkswagen Recall

New York Is Now Investigating Volkswagen Recall

While federal regulators have yet to publicly confirm a reported criminal investigation into Volkswagen’s alleged attempt to deceive consumers and emissions tests, New York state is letting it be known that it plans to hold the carmaker accountable. [More]

Yes, Owners Of Recalled Volkswagens Can File Deceptive Marketing Complaints With The FTC

Yes, Owners Of Recalled Volkswagens Can File Deceptive Marketing Complaints With The FTC

While Volkswagen and the EPA say the recently recalled VW and Audi diesel cars are safe to drive while waiting for the problem to be fixed, a number of car owners feel like they were tricked by the company’s “clean diesel” branding and slogans like “this ain’t your daddy’s diesel.” So what can these consumers do? One option is to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. [More]

VW To Stop Selling Vehicles Affected By Emissions System Recall

VW To Stop Selling Vehicles Affected By Emissions System Recall

Two days after the Environmental Protection Agency took the unusual action of issuing a motor vehicle recall for nearly 500,000 Volkswagen and Audi sedans that used software to circumvent emissions tests, the car maker says it will stop selling all vehicles equipped with the same kind of diesel motors as those involved in recall. [More]

Consumer Reports Suspends “Recommended” Status For Recalled VW Vehicles

Consumer Reports Suspends “Recommended” Status For Recalled VW Vehicles

Earlier today, the Environmental Protection Agency took the unusual action of issuing a motor vehicle recall for nearly 500,000 Volkswagen and Audi sedans that used software to circumvent emissions tests. In light of this development, our colleagues at Consumer Reports have suspended their rating for two of the cars involved in the recall. [More]

EPA Wants Car Companies To Test Gas Mileage In Real World

EPA Wants Car Companies To Test Gas Mileage In Real World

Over the last few years, car makers have had to fork over more than $500 million in refunds to customers because of exaggerated fuel economy estimates on new vehicle stickers. In an effort to provide more accurate mileage information to consumers, the Environmental Protection Agency wants car companies to do their mpg testing on the road instead of in the lab. [More]

Ford To Reimburse 200,000 Drivers For Another Batch Of Bad MPG Ratings

Ford To Reimburse 200,000 Drivers For Another Batch Of Bad MPG Ratings

Less than a year after being slapped on the wrists for posting inaccurate MPG info on its cars, Ford could be on the hook for more than $100 million in payments to around 200,000 drivers of several additional vehicle models that were sold with overstated fuel economy ratings. [More]

One of the dozen d-Con products that will be phased out in the coming year. The company will still continue to make rodenticides that meet EPA safety standards.

Makers Of d-Con Rat Poison Agree To Pull 12 Potentially Dangerous Products

For years, makers of mouse and rat poisons in the U.S. have been phasing out in-home rodenticides that use toxic pellets without a so-called “bait station” to contain them, allowing to pellets to scatter around a house, making their way into the mouths of curious kids. In fact, only one company has balked at pulling these potentially dangerous products from shelves; unfortunately, that company is the nation’s largest maker of rat poison. [More]

One of the Sergeant's products containing propoxur.

Flea Collar Makers Agree To Eventually Phase Out Collars Containing Toxic Chemical

Facing a lawsuit for allowing manufacturers to produce flea collars containing a pesticide that is a known neurotoxin and carcinogen, the folks at the Environmental Protection Agency, along with two major pet product companies, have agreed to phase out these controversial collars over the next few years. [More]

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EPA Sued In Effort To Remove Potentially Toxic Chemicals From Fido’s Flea Collar

It is the worst when our furry friends pick up fleas and then bring them into our homes. Except, it’s really not quite the worst. What’s worse? When the flea collar you buy for Fido damages your child’s brain with neurotoxins.

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EPA Finds Soup Can From 1997 In Fridge (Which Means No One Stole Guy’s Lunch 16 Years Ago)

EPA Finds Soup Can From 1997 In Fridge (Which Means No One Stole Guy’s Lunch 16 Years Ago)

No one likes cleaning the refrigerator — all those weird coagulations of gunk and crusty debris at the bottom of a seemingly bottomless chasm in between drawers are enough to put off even the most stalwart cleaners. The Environmental Protection Agency is back to work cleaning up the world, but even it has realized it’s been avoiding a nearer cleaning task after finding a 16-year-old can of soup in a fridge at its D.C. headquarters.
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