EPA: VW intentionally violates clean air standards

Volkswagen workers and Passats are seen at the Chattanooga manufacturing plant in this file photo.
photo A Passat is displayed in Chattanooga.


The allegations cover roughly 482,000 diesel passenger cars sold in the United States since 2008. Affected models include:* Jetta (model years 2009-15)* Beetle (model years 2009-15)* Audi A3 (model years 2009-15)* Golf (model years 2009-15)* Passat (model years 2014-15)


Counties in the tri-state region that test for emissions:Tennessee: Hamilton, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, WilsonAlabama: Emissions testing is not required in any countiesGeorgia: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding, Rockdale

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that Volkswagen intentionally skirted clean air laws by using a piece of software that enabled about 500,000 of its diesel cars to emit fewer smog-causing pollutants during testing than in real-world driving conditions.