The United States House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has announced plans to grill Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn during a hearing on October 8th.

The United States House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has announced plans to grill Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn during a hearing on October 8th.

Dubbed “Volkswagen’s Emissions Cheating Allegations: Initial Questions," the hearing is part of the ongoing investigation into the company's efforts to circumvent emissions requirements and their resulting consequences to consumers and the general public.

In a statement, subcommittee chair Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) said “There are serious issues raised by reports that Volkswagen installed so-called ‘defeat-devices’ in some of their diesel vehicles to circumvent decades old rules in place to protect public health. The American people want to know why these devices were in place, how the decision was made to install them, and how they went undetected for so long."

Horn is also expected to face tough questioning by Michigan's Fred Upton who said it is "beyond belief" that an automaker would intentionally break environmental laws.  He also called attempts to deceive regulators and customers "a double whammy of betrayal."

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