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ASA Responds to Volkswagen Emissions Investigation

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Oct. 20, 2015—On Monday, the Automotive Service Association issued its response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) notice of violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to Volkswagen and its affiliated companies.

The NOV resulted from allegations that Volkswagen knowingly installed emission-test defeating software in its four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015. According to the EPA, this resulted in the cars emitting up to 40 times the amount of mono-nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions that the standards allow.

Dan Risley, ASA president and executive director, released the follow statement in response to inquiries from ASA’s members and the media:

“The Automotive Service Association (ASA) works with state and federal air quality administrators through emissions testing and maintenance programs as well as other state and federal programs. We have offered to provide assistance to Volkswagen. ASA is interested in helping them enhance their efforts as they work through the process of resolving the current situation for the vehicle owner.

“It is our desire to assist Volkswagen in notifying independent service repairers of the information needed to properly repair our mutual customers’ vehicles. ASA will continue to monitor the situation and report any developments that may impact the service repair industry.”

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