Car firms slammed over fumes scandal
THE UK Government’s former chief scientific adviser has accused German car-makers of causing thousands of Britons’ deaths after rigging diesel exhaust tests.
Sir David King said Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler have “blood on their hands” over the experiments they undertook on monkeys and claimed their decision to manipulate data on exhaust emissions had caused the deaths of large numbers of people.
In 2015 Volkswagen admitted to fitting cheat devices to its cars that made their engines appear less polluting.
Sir David, who held the government position until 2007, said its behaviour was “simply astonishing”.
He said: “The number of early fatalities in Britain is very large due to nitrogen oxide air, with governments across Europe encouraging diesel on the basis the catalyst traps worked.”