I thought I’d check in with someone who knows a few things about auto scandals and recalls: noted consumer advocate Ralph Nader. Yeah. “It’s a big deal because it involves over 11 million VW cars worldwide, and it connects both crimes involving the illegal emission of nitrogen oxides, an environmental health issue, and the consumer issue of misleading millions of buyers,” he told me. He’s not kidding about the environmental part: Some estimates place the amount of extra pollution in the world due to the scandal at one million tons, and the nitrogen oxides that make up a bulk of this cause significant respiratory disease and substantial negative environmental impact.
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