Frankfurt, Jun 6 (AP) Volkswagen has reinstated an executive suspended after he failed to prevent now-discredited experiments that exposed monkeys to diesel exhaust. Also Read - Unexplained Mystery: Thousands of Migratory Birds Found Dead in New Mexico, Scientists Baffled

The company said today in a news release that external relations head Thomas Steg had returned to his post after no legal misconduct was found. Also Read - Amid China Snooping, US Govt Charges 5 Chinese Nationals Over Mega Hacking Scheme; Indian Govt Targetted

Steg said in the statement that he deeply regretted not doing more to prevent the tests, which were carried out by a US lab through an outside entity set up by German automakers. Also Read - US Revokes Visa For Over 1,000 Chinese Students, Researchers Citing Security, Military Links

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.(AP) AMS

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.