VW Diesel Emmisions Lawyer
Feeling deceived or defrauded by Volkswagen? You are not alone. You may have paid more for a clean-diesel model vehicle, and when VW revealed they had rigged the emissions, you may have been cheated. You may be eligible for a cash settlement via the Volkswagen class action lawsuit or qualify for an affected vehicle dealer buyback option. Contact McDonald Worley to have a lawyer review your case in a free consultation.
They misrepresented the capabilities of their product; you have legal rights. If you qualify, you may be eligible for compensation, that is if your vehicle model and year were among the rigged vehicles.
Share the details with our attorneys to the right to find out if you qualify and make sure you don’t miss your opportunity to file your legal claim today.
Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Overview
In a Notice of Violation letter to Volkswagen of America dated Sept. 18, 2015, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it discovered that nearly 500,000 VW diesel cars sold in America were emitting up to 40 times more toxic fumes than permitted under the Clean Air Act.
Volkswagen has since admitted that more than 11 million VW diesel cars worldwide are affected by the emissions scandal.
The VW vehicles were equipped with what is being called a “defeat device” in the engine software that allows the car to tell if it is being driven under test conditions and, as a result, turn on controls that cut diesel emissions through a variety of “clean diesel” techniques.
The technology tricked regulators into believing the four-cylinder VW diesel cars complied with emissions standards, but once the cars were driven under normal conditions they emitted harmful pollutants at nearly 40 times the acceptable standard.
Volkswagen acknowledged “a notable deviation between bench test results and actual road use” in the affected vehicles and stopped selling the VW vehicles at issue.
Volkswagen, Audi Class Action Settlement
A $10 billion class-action settlement was reached between Volkswagen and Volkswagen owners and lessees who had vehicles with 2.0 liter TDI engines.
This includes the following vehicles:
- 2013 – 2015 VW Beetle
- 2013 – 2015 VW Beetle Convertible
- 2010 – 2015 VW Golf
- 2015 VW Golf SportWagen
- 2009 – 2015 VW Jetta
- 2009 – 2014 VW Jetta SportWagen
- 2012 – 2015 VW Passat
- 2010 – 2013; 2015 Audi A3
Class members can claim up to $5,100 in addition to either participating in Volkswagen’s Vehicle Buyback program or the Approved Emission Modification. Current owners and lessees of affected Volkswagen vehicles have until September 2018 to participate in the settlement.
There’s also a Volkswagen diesel emissions class action settlement for those who own 3.0 liter TDI diesel vehicles. This VW settlement affects the following vehicles:
- 2009-2016 Volkswagen Touareg
- 2009-2015 Audi Q7
- 20014-2016 Audi A6, A7, A8, A8L, Q5
- 2013-2016 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
Class Members of this 3.0 liter VW settlement have options depending on how old their vehicle is. If they have an older vehicle, they will be able to choose between participating in a vehicle buyback, trade-in or lease termination program. Or have their vehicle modified so that the emissions matched what they were originally supposed to be.
For those with new 3.0 liter vehicles, they will be able to sign up for the Emissions Compliant Recall modification.
Global Deception: AutomakerVW Admits They Cheated Emissions Test Results
A number of consumer lawsuits against Volkswagen Group of America have been filed seeking compensation for consumers defrauded by the popular car maker.
People who purchased the VW diesel vehicles were led to believe they passed U.S. clean air emissions tests. The automaker revealed they had installed software which ensured the cars met standards during testing but exceeded these pollution emission standards when driving.
The diesel vehicles which have the ‘defeat devices’ installed are able to detect the testing environment and adjust to meet expectations. VW admitted to having actively engaged in this fraud for more than seven years.
Have the “Defeats Device” Cars Been Recalled?
As part of the agreement reached with U.S. environmental regulators such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Volkswagen will recall 63,000 vehicles with 3.0 liter TDI V6 diesel engines and 475,000 2.0 liter TDI vehicles.
If you own one of the affected VW cars, you may want to hold on to it. You may be eligible to join the Volkswagen lawsuit and seek compensation for having purchased a vehicle with a ‘cheat device’ installed.
If you are unsure if you qualify for the settlement, contact the attorneys at McDonald Worley today for more information.