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VW second apology over monkeys' scandal

VW second apology over monkeys' scandal

The German government on Monday dismissed as unjustifiable any auto emissions testing on monkeys or people.

Volkswagen's drawn-out diesel emissions scandal has prompted another apology from the German car-maker after media reports that it had been complicit in allowing monkeys to inhale vehicle fumes to test the toxicity of diesel emissions.

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Reacting to the accusations, Volkswagen said in a statement "we are convinced that the scientific methods chosen at the time were wrong".

The New York Times said VW and other German carmakers used the European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector, known as EUGT, to conduct the research.

Tests were conducted by the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, which is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"The BMW Group in no way influenced the design or methodology of studies carried out on behalf of the EUGT", BMW said, adding it does not carry out experiments involving animals and had no direct role in this study.

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"We are shocked by the extent of these studies and the way they were carried out", Daimler said, in a statement quoted by the Sueddeutsche newspaper.

Daimler said, however, that all work commissioned with the EUGT was "accompanied and reviewed by a research advisory committee consisting of scientists from renowned universities and research institutes".

BMW did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"'These tests. are in no ethical way justifiable and they raise many critical questions about those who are behind the tests", said Steffen Seibert, a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In 2015, it was found that Volkswagen had manipulated the readings of nitrogen dioxide in its cars for years in the US, in order for the vehicles to pass diesel emission regulations.

In 2015, Volkswagen admitted to using illegal "defeat devices" to mask higher pollution levels by installing software to detect when a vehicle was being tested in a lab.

- Claudia Otto, Nadine Schmidt and Charles Capel contributed reporting.

As of late 2017, dealing with the scandal had cost Volkswagen a total of $30 billion.


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