Target: Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller
Goal: Thank newly appointed Volkswagen CEO for launching a recall of vehicles with software rigged to cheat U.S. emissions tests.
Volkswagen has announced that it plans to launch a recall of vehicles with software that has been rigged to falsify U.S. emissions tests thanks in part to the support of ForceChange’s Recall Volkswagen Vehicles that Cheat Emissions Tests petition. This is a large victory for ForceChange and its amazing supporters who have taken the time to actively prevent the destruction of our environment, and we must applaud our ability to be heard as well as Volkswagen’s ability to listen.
Immediately following the release of news that the popular automobile manufacturer had been cheating U.S. emissions tests using software to spoof emissions results, ForceChange petitioned the CEO of Volkswagen AG to recall all vehicles containing the malicious software. According to reports, affected vehicles were passing tests on dynamometers with emission results that wildly misrepresented the amount of pollutants being spewed from tailpipes under actual driving conditions.
Less than two weeks and almost 2,000 supporters of the petition later, Volkswagen has apologized via press release for up to 11 million vehicles worldwide affected by the cheating emissions software and went on to assure plans for a recall in January.
Some automobile models will be fixed with a simple software update to rectify the problem, while others may require new injectors and catalyzers. Thousands of new solutions must be troubleshot, and temporary specialist workshops may be required to sort out the more complex cases, but Volkswagen pledges that it is taking necessary steps at a vigilant pace to handle details with the amount of attention required.
So far, 6.5 billion Euros have been set aside to cover the costs and make an effort to win back the trust of customers, confessing a serious mistake has been made and that mistake must be answered for. Thanks to ForceChange and its environmentally-conscious supporters everywhere, we can look forward to this issue being resolved and know that our collective voices are truly being heard. Sign to thank the CEO of Volkswagen for listening.
Dear Matthias Mueller,
Thank you for listening to the voices of many upset and concerned individuals about the latest scandal regarding software in Volkswagen vehicles that has been cheating environmental test standards for years.
According to details released by the Associated Press, recall of the vehicles containing the software in question has been set for January of 2016 and 6.5 billion Euros have already been set aside to do what needs to be done to sort everything out. It’s understood that the recall and repair of these vehicles may not be instantaneous or easy, but every resolution put into action to get these vehicles off of the road and performing safely will be greatly appreciated. It’s imperative to protect our environment the best that we can, and thanks are in order for openly recognizing the dire mistake that has made.
We look forward to this issue being resolved. It will take more than an apology and recall for consumers to trust Volkswagen again, but this is a giant stride in the right direction and is greatly appreciated.
[Your Name Here]
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