12/24/2015 12:10 EST | Updated 12/24/2016 05:12 EST

Transport Canada To Safety Test Volkswagen Vehicles More Extensively After Emissions Scandal

OTTAWA — Internal Transport Canada documents show the department plans to run more Volkswagen vehicles through safety tests in light of an ongoing scandal into cars designed to cheat on emissions tests.

Transport Canada officials wrote in an October briefing note to the department's top bureaucrat that they planned to include extra Volkswagen vehicles as part of their regular testing schedule because the company had cheated on the emission tests.

The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the briefing note under the Access to Information Act.

A Transport Canada spokeswoman said the department was taking a closer look at Volkswagen as a precautionary measure and that the review of past safety history and future test plans was ongoing.

Environment Canada continues to investigate Volkswagen over "defeat devices" installed in some of its diesel-engine vehicles over the last six years to meet American and Canadian emissions standards.

About 100,000 of those vehicles were sold in Canada.

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