OnSeptember 18, 2015, Volkswagen stunned the world with its response to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) notice that Volkswagen’s “clean diesel”vehicles were found to be in violation of the Clean Air Act. In its response,the German automaker conceded that ithad intentionally equipped its line of Turbo charged Direct Injection (TDI)diesel engines with a “defeat device” that was intended to “bypass, defeat, orrender inoperative elements of a vehicle’s emission control system” duringemissions testing. Initial reports proposed approximately 500,000 Volkswagendiesel cars, model years 2009 through 2011, were influenced by the device(Conger& Valentine, 2016). The Chief Executive of the Volkswagen group of America,Michael Horn, indicated that he knew about the potential trouble with thecompany vehicle since spring 2014. He was told that the company’s engineerswould work with the Environmental Protection Agency to resolve the issue (Ivory& Ewing, 2015). Later that year, he was assured by the company that a planwas being developed to bring the vehicles into compliances. The waythis issue was known before the EPA disclosures show not only a failure ofethical conduct by installing the “defeated device” but also how these issueswere not communicated within the organisation and to the public. These actionwere unethical and conflicted with everything the Volkswagen Code of Conduct represents.
This also deceives the customer and other stakeholder of the actual level ofemissions and does damages to the majority of the stakeholder such as customers,authorities, shareholders and environment.If Volkswagen declines to recallvehicles with defeat device, from 2015 onwards 140 premature deaths will takeplace. In addition, health cost of $840 million will be caused by theVolkswagen diesel cars (Chu, 2015). Besides that, the abundance of nitrogenoxide to the natural environment by Volkswagen diesel cars results in acidrains. The acid rains not only deteriorates the human wellbeing but also causemajor destruction on nature and natural resource.
Finally, it is consider afraud since customer has the right to be completely aware of the standard qualityof whatever they are purchasing. The eventualoutcome of this outrage is that Volkswagen CEO, Martin Winterkorn, step downand resigns days after the diesel scandal opens up to the world (Solutions,n.d.
). Albeit assuming responsibility for the events, he keep up that he wasunaware of the software used to cheat routine emissions tests. He has receivedcriticism regardless. In order to avoid this scandal to repeat itself, theprofessional bodies should actively participate in professionals’ developmentthroughout their lives. Aside from that, the Software Engineering boards must introduceand instigate the Code of Ethics for the software engineers from the moment theyenter the field. EPA of Europe should be more responsible and increment of theseriousness of the testing procedures.
The Volkswagen Group should increase theinvolvement of independent third party for quality and environment relate affirmation.