The Ethical Decisions Made By Liang And His Team Essay

1226 Words Dec 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
This paper analyzes the recent case of Volkswagen lead emissions engineer James Robert Liang’s actions in cheating engine emissions test, and the fraudulent claims he submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency. The paper will assess the ethical decisions made by Liang and his team, particularly in a Kant-Duty ethics and Rule Utilitarian viewpoint, as well as a discussion on how the two theories are differentiated when compared to the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Beginning with a factual analysis, James Robert Liang has been a German native engineer employed by Volkswagen for over 30 years, who has worked in both Germany and the United States (Isidore, 2016). Liang worked as the “Leader of Diesel Competence” for the American Volkswagen section, where he and a team designed the EA-189 diesel engine, which has been installed (and recalled) in millions of cars across the globe (Chappell, 2016). The factual issue of the case is that Liang and his team developed software installed in over 500,000 vehicles that reduced pollution when being tested for pollution emissions (Isidore, 2016). Outside of official emissions testing, these vehicles were found to emit over 40 times the allowed pollutant levels, which called for an investigation. This resulting investigation uncovered the actions of Liang and his team to create a cheating software, as well as having submitted falsified testimonies that the Volkswagen engines were suitable for U.S. diesel emissions standards. Liang…

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