A Volkswagen diesel sits behind a security fence on a storage lot near a VW dealership Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans sweeping changes to the way it tests for diesel emissions after getting duped by clandestine software in Volkswagen cars for seven years.Chris Grundler, head of the EPA's office of transportation and air quality, indicated the agency would add on-road testing to its regimen. The EPA says about 500,000 U.S. cars including the Jetta, Golf, Beetle, Passat and Audi A3 have the cheating software, and VW says a total of 11 million cars have it worldwide.VW was able to fool the EPA because the agency only tested the cars on treadmill-like devices called dynamometers and didn't use portable test equipment on real roads. EPA and California regulators confronted VW with those findings in May 2014 .Only when the EPA and CARB refused to approve VW's 2016 diesel models for sale did the company admit what it had done. The agency said the cars are safe to drive but VW will have to pay to recall and fix them.
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