German vehicle firms funded trials on humans

  • German vehicle firms funded trials on humans

German vehicle firms funded trials on humans

The EUGT is a research group founded by the three major German auto manufacturers, Volkswagen and BMW and Daimler.

The New York Times reported last week that some of the research was meant to counter a World Health Organization decision classifying diesel exhaust as a carcinogen. A Netflix investigative series Dirty Money has also documented the experiments, landing the carmaker into a fresh soup, even as it still struggles to recover from the 2015 emissions fiasco.

BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen have condemned the emissions experiments involving monkeys.

"We believe that the scientific methods used to conduct the study were wrong and that it would have been better not to undertake it at all", Volkswagen said in a statement on Monday.

Testing of the 2013 Beetle and a 2004 Ford F250 pick-up by the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico was originally due to use humans pedalling on exercise bikes. "The EUGT has been in liquidation since June 30, 2017".

The lawyer who conducted the deposition, Michael Melkersen, provided CNN with a copy of the transcript. It has since emerged that the model used in the test was among those with cheat software to reduce emissions in test situations.

He called for the companies concerned to provide "immediate and detailed" responses, and said a ministry commission of inquiry that was set up after the emissions scandal broke will hold a special meeting to examine whether there are any other cases.

Daimler said in a statement that it has launched an investigation.

"We are shocked by the extent and application of the studies".

The German government on Monday condemned the experiments and Volkswagen sought to distance itself from them, with its chairman saying that "in the name of the whole board I emphatically disavow such practices". It said it was investigating the work and background of the research group.

Representatives from BMW were not immediately available for comment.

Dieselgate has revved back into life with revelations that German vehicle manufacturers carried out medical tests on humans using exhaust fumes.

Germany's federal government said on Monday the tests were "in no way ethically justifiable". Testing on helpless animals is absolutely sickening. According to the German ministry of food and agriculture, the country has imposed a "near total ban on the use of apes as laboratory animals". Overall, the evasion efforts affected 11 million vehicles across the globe and over 500,000 in the United States.

The impact of the gas on people could not be determined when the study was published in 2016, Stuttgarter Zeitung said.

Revelations of the tests add a twist to the German auto industry's attempt to move past Volkswagen's scandal over cheating on diesel tests and the resulting questioning of diesel technology across the industry.

USA prosecutors allege that its engineers knew as far back as 2006 that the company's new 2.0 liter diesel engine would not be capable of complying with regulations.