Volkswagen recalls 500,000 cars over pollution-disguise device

Volkswagen recalls 500,000 cars over pollution-disguise device

Volkswagen has been ordered to recall half a million cars in the US because of a device that disguises pollution levels.

The "defeat device" allows VW and Audi vehicles to pass lab testing even though they actually emit 40 times the emissions standard.

The recall could cost the German carmaker up to $18bn.

In recent years the US Environmental Protection Agency has been taking a more aggressive stance on car pollution and violations of the country's Clean Air Act.

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