VW’s mea culpa: $1,000


ASSOCIATED PRESS: Embattled German automaker Volkswagen is sending $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers to owners of vehicles with a cheat device to fool emissions testers.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS: Embattled German automaker Volkswagen is sending $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers to owners of vehicles with a cheat device to fool emissions testers.

The offer announced Monday goes to owners of 482,000 cars in the United States, many who are angry at the company because they paid extra for the cars to be environmentally sensitive without losing peppy acceleration.

VW is working on a fix for the cars, which are equipped with software that turns on pollution controls during government tests and turns them off while on the road. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the cars, with 2-liter four-cylinder diesel engines, emit 10 to 40 times the allowable amount of harmful nitrogen oxide while being driven.

The offer also includes free roadside assistance for the diesel vehicles for three years.

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