VW Conducted Illegal Exhaust-Gas Experiments on Humans and Monkeys

The German car industry faces another round of scrutiny on reports it conducted illegal experiments on humans and monkey

In 2014 the New York Times reported that monkeys had been detained for four hours in rooms with exhaust gases from a VW Beetle equipped with manipulated exhaust technology.

We now learn that VW conducted tests on humans as well.

Inexcusable Tests

Not only monkeys, but also people were also exposed to the irritant gas nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in exhaust tests by the "European Research Association for Environment and Health in the Transport Sector" (EUGT). It was founded in 2007 by the concerns Daimler, VW, BMW and the automotive supplier Bosch.

According to reports of the "Stuttgarter Zeitung" and the "Süddeutsche Zeitung", the EUGT also promoted an experiment in which human subjects exposed themselves to the irritant gas nitrogen dioxide. According to the Federal Environment Agency, it damages the mucosal tissue in the entire respiratory tract and irritates the eyes. Car exhaust fumes are considered the main source of irritant gas.

"Ten monkeys for hours wantonly inhale car exhaust to prove that the pollution allegedly decreased, is disgusting and absurd," said Lower Saxony's Prime Minister and VW Supervisory Board member Stephan Weil (SPD).

Eurointelligence Comments

I picked up this story from Eurointelligence which had these comments:

The German car industry understood some time ago that the only way for diesel technology to survive in this day and age was through criminal activity. The reports about cheating on emissions test were only the tip of the iceberg. Then became the revelation that the industry operated illegal cartels, and now it is becoming known that it has conducted illegal experiments on humans and animals.

Spiegel Online has the latest update on the experiments with monkeys in the US, and with humans in Europe. Daimler, VW, BMW, and Bosch, have created what they called a research institute for the promotion of health in the transportation sector - known by its German initials EUGT.

The institute carried out an experiment with 25 people who were exposed to nitrogen dioxide in different concentrations.

The car companies were yesterday trying to distance themselves from those activities, which they funded. Even in Germany, where politicians tend to prioritize the health of the car industry over everything else, this is now going too far. The prime minister of Lower Saxony, Stefan Weil, who is also a member of the supervisory board of VW, said it was absurd to expose people and animals to toxins with the explicit goal to demonstrate that these are harmless.

No Excuse

There is no excuse for this and no apology can be accepted. The rot starts at the top and people should be in prison starting at the top.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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"The monkeys whose cages had been pumped full of exhaust from an old, red Ford pickup showed no significant inflammatory reaction, neither in their lungs nor in their upper respiratory tracts. Their condition contrasted sharply with those monkeys that had been exposed to the Beetle emissions, which showed signs of irritation resulting from the poisonous gas mixture."

That is you make cars knowing fully well that emissions are well above norms and sell it -- thereby putting humans at risk and polluting the environment and then you get off with a fine that is a small % of the profits made by fraudulent means, not to mention the leap in market capitalisation and pocketing of bonus and shares on account of this AND NO JAIL TERM. What is not to like in this fraud as the underlying theme for business. On top of this, it is also likely, as Germany cannot afford the car companies to go bankrupt (loss of jobs about which the top management is concerned you know - politicians would be concerned - after all it is votes!), it will be bailed out too. Sounds familiar. Yes, it is model for banksters too!


VW has blamed the fiasco on "mistakes made by individuals," But when it comes to the Top Management pocketing salaries and bonus on account of "mistakes made by individuals," because of which they sold cars, that stays banked. The temerity and the low moral standards of these depraved individuals is astounding indeed.


Start jailing the top executives in companies that commit fraud and then begins cleaning of the system. Till then, doing fraud will be the order of the day and fines will be just the cost of doing business! Think of the impact on society by allowing such unscrupulous elements to succeed (which they will till they get caught). Who pays for that... through diseases, healthcare costs and tax-payers (through tax increases). German Quality you can trust, my foot!


It was not involved in the animal experiments in question. The company has completely distanced itself from experiments on animals, as have BMW and Daimler. All three corporations have transferred or put on leave those employees who were responsible for the EUGT lobby group. Top executives, however, have not felt it necessary to admit any wrongdoing, though BMW has allowed that the company was slow in reacting.

VW has blamed the fiasco on "mistakes made by individuals," a standpoint the company has maintained throughout "dieselgate." And precisely that is VW's problem -- the constant attempts to dodge responsibility by blaming insignificant characters like the lobbyist Steg.