Volkswagen executives have admitted that it installed software on its vehicles to trick U.S. regulators into believing that the cars complied with U.S. emissions standards. The software was able to identify when the car was being tested in a laboratory as opposed to being driven on the road. It would turn on top emission controls while being tested, and then would dump 40 times the allowed level of pollutant known as nitrogen oxide into the air when they were driven on the road.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said that Volkswagen owners can continue to drive their cars – for now. In order to fix the issue, the 428,000 affected vehicles will need to undergo costly changes which will likely drastically affect the cars’ performance and resale value. There are nearly 500,000 of the affected cars in the U.S. and 11 million cars worldwide.
Volkswagen’s conduct is likely to trigger a recall and a host of lawsuits from consumers. The damages to potential clients include loss of value of the vehicle, inability to sell the vehicles, and reduced efficiency and performance. If you own a Volkswagen or Audi diesel vehicle, model years 2009-present, you should call us immediately to determine if you have a claim.
- Jetta (2009-2015)
- Jetta SportWagen TDI, 2009-2014
- Beetle, 2012-2015
- Beetle Convertible, 2013-2015
- Audi A3, 2010-2015
- Golf, 2010-2015
- Golf SportWagen TDI, 2015
- Passat, 2012-2015
Source: Chicago Tribune
According to a statement released by Volkswagen, not all diesel-fueled engines were equipped with the cheater software. “Discrepancies relate to vehicles with Type EA 189 engines, involving some 11 million vehicles worldwide,” read the statement. The Chicago tribune compiled a list of vehicle model and year that are known to have been affected; there may be others as the class action lawyers and regulators learn more about the scandal.
It is believed that Volkswagen will not be able to make the vehicles comply with U.S. emission standards without substantially degrading the vehicle’s performance, including a loss of horsepower and efficiency. Even if Volkswagen is able to apply costly fixes to make the vehicles comply with regulations, the cars’ owners will still suffer actual harm and damages because their vehicles’ performance will be different than when purchased.
Volkswagen owners are obviously outraged by this fraud. They paid a premium for a vehicle that they believed to not only be “green”, but that also provided them with fantastic gas mileage and efficiency.
Our lawyers are providing free consultations to Volkswagen owners and, as always, we will not charge a fee unless you recover. Call us today for your free consultation at 888-860-1414.