Volkswagen has reinstated an executive suspended after he failed to prevent now-discredited experiments that exposed monkeys to diesel exhaust.
The company said Wednesday in a news release that external relations head Thomas Steg had returned to his post after no legal misconduct was found.
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Steg said in the statement that he deeply regretted not doing more to prevent the tests, which were carried out by a U.S. lab through an outside entity set up by German automakers.
Volkswagen said in a statement that it "emphatically rejects" tests on animals.
The tests in New Mexico exposed macaque monkeys to exhaust in an attempt to show the company's diesel vehicles were not a health threat but the experiment did not produce useable results.