Following a series of deadly scandals, and now Volkswagen's attempt to cheat on federal emissions standards, the U.S. government will be less accepting of auto industry claims, especially when it comes to self-certified testing, warns the top federal vehicle safety regulator.
"We're questioning everything now," said Mark Rosekind, director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during an appearance Tuesday at an industry conference in the Detroit suburb of Novi. "You have to question all assumptions."
On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered the recall of 482,000 Volkswagen diesel-powered vehicles after learning the automaker had installed a so-called "defeat device" designed to meet emissions standards when undergoing standard testing procedures. But once on the road, the vehicles were able to produce as much as 40 times the legal limit of harmful emissions.