The EPA Is Coming After Your Defeat Devices

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If you’re using a defeat device on your car, you’d better remove it ASAP. New testing protocols are coming in the wake of the VW scandal:

The EPA is sending a letter to auto manufacturers to explain that it may test or require testing of vehicles in an environment that would resemble normal driving conditions, the official said.

….“We have to be concerned about whether or not there are other defeat devices out there that we have not been able to detect,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said at an event hosted by The Wall Street Journal this week. “This was particularly difficult for us to detect. We got there.”

Sounds like more big-government bullying by the EPA to me. I expect Republicans to do the right thing and denounce this immediately.

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