Two of the four chimneys at German car maker Volkswagen's plant are illuminated on the second Advent on Dece. 6, 2016 in Wolfsburg.
/ AFP / dpa / Julian Stratenschulte
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The European Commission launched legal action on Thursday against authorities in seven EU nations including Germany and Britain for failing to crack down on emissions cheating exposed by the Volkswagen "Dieselgate" scandal.The Dieselgate scandal blew open when Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 that it installed software in 11 million cars worldwide that reduced emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides when it detected the vehicle was undergoing tests.The Dieselgate scandal exposed that some VW cars spewed out up to 40 times more harmful nitrogen oxide – linked to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases – than legally allowed in the EU.
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