Volkswagen / Audi Diesel Emission Fraud Settlement Lawyer
On Friday, September 18 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 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 them 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. The following 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 EPA in the United States, admitting to selling roughly 11 million cars worldwide equipped with software that was used to cheat on emissions tests.
Now, Volkswagen has agreed to a $14.7 billion settlement with the EPA, which includes compensation for affected vehicles and requirements that the company must invest billions of dollars into “environmental remediation.” For consumers, this settlement provides two options:
- Volkswagen will buy back your car for its pre-scandal value. This also includes a cash award between $5,100 and $10,000.
- Volkswagen will fix your car to meet EPA emissions standards at no cost to you. This option also includes the $5,100-$10,000 cash award.
Owners of affected vehicles will have to go through a process that will determine how much compensation they will receive from Volkswagen. This process includes frequent deadlines and specific information that must be submitted correctly and on time.
If you own a Volkswagen or Audi included under the settlement, the consumer fraud you have experienced is inexcusable. The Driscoll Firm is prepared to help you navigate the settlement process. This can save you time by taking the tricky work of making the claim off of your hands while also increasing the chances that you will receive higher compensation. 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
There are $10.33 billion set aside for compensating owners of Volkswagen and Audis that contain the software the company used to cheat on emissions tests. Owners of nearly half a million Volkswagen and Audi vehicles will now have to choose by May of 2018 whether to sell their cars back to the company or accept a fix that would make their cars meet emissions standards. It is currently unknown how much this emissions fix will affect vehicle performance, but the company estimates that there will be no reduction.
Regardless, owners of affected “Clean Diesel” vehicles now have a choice to make and a complicated process that they’ll need to go through in order to receive compensation from Volkswagen. The Driscoll Firm can help victims of Volkswagen’s consumer fraud determine which option will be most beneficial to them.
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.
Contact The Driscoll Firm about making a Volkswagen claim
If you own a 2009-2015 TDI Volkswagen Jetta / Jetta SportWagen or Audi A3, a 2010-2015 Volkswagen Golf, or a 2012-2015 VW Beetle or Passat, your vehicle may qualify under the settlement program. At The Driscoll Firm, our attorneys can help you through the complicated and time-consuming Volkswagen settlement claims process. Learn more about your legal rights and taking action today by contacting The Driscoll Firm at (800) 305-9800.