The Volkswagen scandal has ties to the Central Coast

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Three years ago, the U.S. Federal Government announced Volkswagen was knowingly selling highly polluting cars to the public. The German car company admitted that about 11 million diesel cars worldwide, including about 100 in the Santa Barbara region were fitted with a software in the engine that could detect when the cars were being tested and change their performance in order to improve results. A new documentary takes a deep dive into the scandal and the role California and Santa Barbara played in uncovering it.

Teaser: "Backfired: When VW Lied to America" from Media Policy Center on Vimeo.



  • Dale Bell - Filmmaker, Backfired: When Volkswagen Lied to America


Kathryn Barnes