According to CNBC, Volvo admitted in October 2018 that some of its heavy-duty trucks may be emitting illegal levels of nitrogen oxide. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Air Resources Board (CARB), and European Union Commission are all investigating allegations that a failed component in Volvo’s catalytic converters is causing the vehicles to fail to meet emissions standards. Volvo told CNBC that a recall of the catalytic converter component is a “probable outcome.”
Our automobile attorneys are investigating whether a Volvo truck faulty catalytic convert lawsuit is in order.
Truck Drivers’ Businesses May Be Harmed by Failing Volvo Component
Volvo says that when its trucks shipped, they met emissions limits for nitrogen oxide, but that a component in the catalytic converter degraded more quickly than expected. Truck drivers are often noticing that the faulty part has failed when they see a warning light on their dashboards, according to CNBC.
Truck drivers, whose livelihoods often depend on their vehicles passing emissions inspections, may be in trouble if their truck is a Volvo.
Volvo is the second largest seller of commercial trucks, having sold over 51,000 vehicles in North America in 2017, according to Reuters.
Unlike the recent scandal with Volkswagen and defeat devices, a U.S. government official who spoke to Reuters said that Volvo trucks failing emissions standards does not appear to be part of an intentional scheme, but rather the use of an engine component that turned out to be faulty. This official said a recall of Volvo commercial trucks is expected shortly.
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