Fumes on humans: Volkswagen, Daimler & BMW sponsored exhaust experiments, say German media

Fumes on humans: Volkswagen, Daimler & BMW sponsored exhaust experiments, say German media
Germany’s largest car-manufacturing group funded scientific experiments on people testing nitrogen dioxide, a gas found in exhaust fumes, according to local media.

The experiments were carried out by the European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector (EUGT), and funded by Volkswagen, Daimler & BMW, Stuttgarter Zeitung (SZ) and Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Sunday.

Stuttgarter Zeitung reported that about 25 healthy young people inhaled nitrogen dioxide in different doses over a period of hours. The EUGT was dissolved in 2017. According to the organization, no effects could be determined as a result of the testing.

The head of the EUGT, Thomas Kraus, told DPA news agency the experiments were taken before the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal which cost Volkswagen tens of billions of dollars in fines around the globe. VW had illegally installed devices in hundreds of thousands of 2.0-litre engines in the US since 2009, allowing the producer to cheat on emission tests.

The report comes as another controversial experiment by German automakers was revealed, in which monkeys were made to inhale toxic gas. The New York Times reported that 10 monkeys in 2014 were locked in airtight chambers and left to watch cartoons, while inhaling diesel fumes from a VW Beetle.

Volkswagen said in a statement "we are convinced that the scientific methods chosen at the time were wrong."

Daimler stated it was "shocked by the extent of those studies and the way there were carried out.""We strongly condemn the tests," it said, adding that the experiments conducted by the EUGT were "against Daimler's values and ethical principles."

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