India says GM flouted emissions test regulations

General Motors India appears to be up to some shenanigans. In July, the company had its first vehicle recall since 1995 when 114,000 Chevrolet Tavera sport utility vehicles needed to be brought in over "emission standards and other regulatory specifications," according to Reuters. A government official who declined to be named told Reuters that the global automaker has been flouting testing regulations since that time.

"The report has pointed out that it is in the nature of corporate fraud," the government official said. It looks like all of the alleged cover up was being done by GM India, and that the testing labs were not implicated in the wrongdoing, the official said.

GM India agreed to the recall last summer after a few of its employees were identified as manipulating local emissions testing to make sure Tavera engines would make the grade. More than 10 GM employees were let go during the investigation, including Sam Winegarden, VP of global engineering; Winegarden had been with the company since 1969 and had played a leading role at some of GM's marquee powerplants.

GM had restarted production of the Traverse earlier this month after receiving regulatory approval. An Indian government-appointed panel has been investigating the recall of the Tavera SUVs for emissions standards and other regulatory specifications. GM could be fined about 100 million rupees ($1.6 million), according to the government official. GM India emailed a statement to the Times of India and the Hindustan Times on the panel's findings. There was an emissions problem and staff had been held accountable, which was reported to Indian authorities. "Beyond that, we're not able to comment as we've not heard from the government or seen the report," the company said.

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