What prompted an industry leader like Volkswagen to act the way it did? Were the fines imposed appropriate or were they exaggerated to appease the public?

What prompted an industry leader like Volkswagen to act the way it did?

Week 2-Discussion Forum:
Watch the “Volkswagen” video in this week’s folder and comment on the unethical behavior of Volkswagen with specific emphasis on addressing the following:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5TvFY7xRDM&feature=emb_title

Firstly, what prompted an industry leader like Volkswagen to act the way it did?

Secondly, were the fines imposed appropriate or were they exaggerated to appease the public?

Thirdly, what can prevent such unethical, illegal behavior from taking place in the future?

Finally, end your discussion forum original post with a question to your classmates.

More details;

What caused the Volkswagen scandal?
In September 2015, Volkswagen was accuse d of installing illegal software on cars to evade standards on diesel emissions. Revelations of the deception led to the resignation of the company’s chief executive and have hit the company’s share price and profits.

Why did Volkswagen’s leadership decide to use defeat devices?

When Volkswagen found that their engine would not pass emissions standards, they developed a “defeat device” that would alter an engine’s performance in a lab environment to pass the test. This gaming of the system is more likely to happen when incentives are high and opportunities to evade detection are available.

How Did Decision Making Contribute to Volkswagen’s Emissions Cheating Scandal? … California regulators tested 
Volkswagen cars and continually found them to pollute more on the road than in the lab.
What happened to all the recalled Volkswagens?

Nearly three years after Volkswagen started its buyback program, the automaker said it had approximately 100,000 of these diesels left to sell, after which it will abandon diesel cars in the American market. … He now understands the cultish appeal of the cars, known for their turbocharged direct injection diesel engines.

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