By Walt Hickey A comic I edited at Insider about what went wrong in the U.S. pandemic response came out last night, you should check Totally Under Control out. Emissions Daimler and their subsidiary Mercedes-Benz USA will pay $1.5 billion to resolve allegations they cheated on emissions tests, specifically violating laws by using “defeat device software” to beat tests on 250,000 cars and vans sold from 2009 to 2016 that ran on diesel engines that failed to meet emissions standards. Daimler has to repair at least 85 percent of the cars within two years and 85 percent of the affected vans within three. Defeat device software lets companies control pollution emitted by vehicles when in an EPA lab while not being active when on an actual road.
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