The German government has denounced tests funded by the country’s carmakers, in which humans and monkeys reportedly inhaled diesel exhaust fumes.
It’s unclear whether the carmakers were aware of monkeys being used in the experiments
Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW on Saturday denounced the study
EUGT also sponsored scientific studies testing nitrogen dioxide, a gas found in exhaust fumes, on people
Carmakers Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW funded a research organisation which reportedly conducted the testing on 10 monkeys and 25 people in 2014.
The German Government said such tests could not be justified and called for answers.
All three companies have denounced the research and Volkswagen’s supervisory board has called for an immediate inquiry, promising consequences for those involved.
“I will do everything possible to ensure that this matter is investigated in detail,” Volkswagen supervisory board chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch said in a statement.