Dozens of Deaths Likely from VW Pollution Dodge

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Volkswagen is taking issue with a statistical and computer analysis that shows its tinkering with pollution-control equipment on cars has killed between five and 20 people annually in the U.S. in recent years.

The analysis by The Associated Press calculates how much pollution has been spewed year by year.

In a statement issued Saturday night, Volkswagen says the Environmental Protection Agency has noted that the affected vehicles do not present a safety hazard.

The automaker says that general allegations regarding links between nitrogen oxides emissions from these affected vehicles and specific health effects are unverified. And it says it has received no confirmed reports that the emissions from such vehicles have caused any actual health problem.

The AP analysis doesn't include Europe, where more VW diesels were sold.