Late last month, the automotive giant revealed that it had misled consumers by faking out emissions testers. Some of the company’s “clean diesel” cars were found to give off emissions that were 40 times greater than the legal (safe) limit.
In the United States alone, where half a million cars are affected, Volkswagen is expected to have to shell out as much as $18 billion in fines. The crisis has sparked tweets like this one from the New York Times:
The Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, explained http://t.co/W1A4IvbR5K
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 12, 2015
This week, the global fallout continues, and it isn’t pretty.
Volkswagen announced that 2.8 million cars in Germany and 1.2 million cars in the United Kingdom are affected. Volkswagen’s U.K. chief, Paul Willis, had to answer questions about the scandal before a government outfit.