Volkswagen Made Bogus Emissions Tests on Monkey, Human Subjects

Volkswagen alleged to have rigged experiment with monkeys to show safe level of emissions

The experiment has been commissioned by the European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector, a group that shut down a year ago and also included Daimler and BMW.

The human trials involved 25 healthy people.

The goal of the experiments would be to show that with the technical progress, the emissions of diesel engines had no major implications on the health of citizens.

Separately, there was an experiment that studied the health effects of emissions in the workplace, carried out at the University of Aachen in Germany and backed by EUGT. "Where experiments served the purposes of marketing and sales, however, I can not think of an acceptable justification for such an approach". Reports of the human tests followed a New York Times account of similar experiments on monkeys in the USA, prompting automakers to distance themselves from the work.

Daimler on Sunday condemned the studies, done by the same research body which sponsored another experiment forcing monkeys to inhale toxic exhaust fumes from a polluting diesel Volkswagen equipped with illegal software. The test was conducted in 2014.

"The BMW Group in no way influenced the design or methodology of studies carried out on behalf of the EUGT", BMW says in a statement (via Deutsche Welle). He has also explained that he will do everything in his power so that "se events will be fully investigated" and "accountable for that which is responsible".

Last week, The New York Times reported on a USA research facility where 10 monkeys were locked in an airtight container, watching cartoons to distract them, as they breathed in fumes from a Volkswagen vehicle. Company engineers supervised the installation of a treadmill that would allow the vehicles to run on rollers while equipment sucked exhaust from the tailpipes.

Monkeys have endured horrific lives inside research labs for way too long - never experiencing freedom, their natural habitats, or life as a wild animal at all. They comprised of having ten monkeys inhale fumes coming from a VW Beetle while watching cartoons to keep them occupied.

This is the second time in recent years that diesel cars have been at the center of a major scandal. "We apologize for the inappropriate behaviour that occurred and for the poor judgment of individuals who were involved".

Test subjects were exposed to exhaust from vehicles from BMW, Daimler and VW, including a Beetle.

Daimler AG said it was "appalled by the nature and extent of the studies".

Earlier in September 2015, Volkswagen had admitted to rigging software in its cars to cheat emission tests. "Animal testing is completely inconsistent with our corporate standards". In 2009, the ban extended to the ingredients used and not just the finished product. That, as we all know now, wasn't true.

Responding to widespread reports that humans were harmed in automotive industry experiments, however, Professor Thomas Kraus, who led the controversial 2013 study at the University of Aachen, emphasized that it was not related to diesel engines.

Question: Is this a case of guilt by association?

Documentation uncovered by the New York Times specify a freaky decision taken by VW during 2014.

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