Volkswagen / Audi Diesel Emission Fraud Lawsuit
On Friday, September 18, the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) announced that it would require Volkswagen to recall nearly 500,000 Volkswagen TDI and Audi A3 vehicles after it was discovered that the German automaker intentionally sold cars with faked emission standards. The vehicles included in this recall were outfitted with a “defeat device” that enabled the vehicle to sense emissions testing equipment and reduce the amount of mono-nitrogen oxides emitted for the duration of the testing.
Unfortunately, when testing is not occurring, these vehicles emit anywhere from 10 to 40 times more than the legal limit for pollutants set by the Clean Air Act. On Tuesday, September 22, Volkswagen announced that the scope of the company’s fraud extends far beyond the more than 400,000 vehicles identified by the E.P.A. in the United States, admitting to selling roughly 11 million cars worldwide equipped with software that was used to cheat on emissions test.
If you own a Volkswagen or Audi included in this recall, the consumer fraud you have experienced is inexcusable. Fortunately, there may be legal options available for you to take action against Volkswagen for their false advertising and for the violation of your consumer rights. Learn more by contacting The Driscoll Firm today at (800) 305-9800.
What vehicles are affected?
In the United States alone, nearly 500,000 cars have been affected by Volkswagen’s false advertising. Affected models include 2009-2015 TDI Volkswagen Jettas, Jetta SportWagens, and Audi A3s with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine (either the EA188 or the EA288), as well as model year 2010-2015 Volkswagen Golfs. Model year 2012 to 2015 Passats and Beetles are also included. Click below to read more about these models:
Additionally, despite denials from Volkswagen, the EPA has recently stated that they believe the following vehicles are also equipped with emissions cheating software:
- Volkswagen Touareg
- Porsche Cayenne
- Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5
What this means for Volkswagen and Audi owners
Although the E.P.A. announced that it would be requiring Volkswagen to recall the affected vehicles, no official recall has been announced as of yet, as Volkswagen has yet to outline a strategy for fixing this problem. In the meantime, the E.P.A. has said that owners of affected vehicles should continue to drive their vehicles as normal, as these cars pose no safety risks to drivers or others on the road.
However, many owners of affected vehicles have already expressed their outrage and disappointment at this revelation, as many owners of these vehicles intentionally purchased “clean diesel” cars because they wanted to make an environmentally conscious choice while benefiting from a car with great performance and fuel economy.
Many fear that once Volkswagen announces their proposed strategy for fixing this problem, both vehicle performance and fuel economy will likely suffer in order for these vehicles to consistently meet U.S. emissions standards.
Effects on the future of clean diesel
When new emissions standards were released in 2009 in the United States, Volkswagen was the first automaker to provide diesel vehicles that could meet these emissions standards, and they have long been seen as a champion of diesel automobiles in the United States. While less than 1% of cars sold in the U.S. are diesel vehicles, 23% of all Volkswagen cars sold in the U.S. in August were diesel.
Individual vs. Class Action Lawsuits
When numerous individuals have been wronged in the same way by the same party, as is the case with Volkswagen’s recent widespread consumer fraud, many are inclined to join a class action lawsuit in order to pursue compensation and justice from the offending party. However, choosing a class action lawsuit is often not in the best interests of claimants. Class actions normally take much longer to resolve than individual lawsuits, as these types of lawsuits are extremely complicated procedurally. Additionally, most people stand to recover a greater amount of compensation by filing a lawsuit individually than they do by joining a class action.
Additionally, a number of other automakers have announced or have already begun offering diesel vehicles in the U.S., providing car buyers with vehicles that boast top performance as well as desirable fuel economy. This recent consumer fraud perpetrated by Volkswagen stands to threaten not only their own reputation, but the reputation and future of diesel vehicles, as well.
Contact The Driscoll Firm about filing a Volkswagen TDI diesel emissions fraud lawsuit
If you own a 2009-2015 TDI Volkswagen Jetta / Jetta SportWagen orAudi A3, a 2010-2015 Volkswagen Golf, or a 2012-2015 VW Beetle or Passat, you have likely been a victim of widespread consumer fraud, and could be eligible for compensation from Volkswagen. Learn more about your legal rights and taking action today by contacting The Driscoll Firm at (800) 305-9800.