Do you own or lease a Volkswagen or Audi Clean Diesel vehicle? If so, you may be one of millions of consumers who were tricked by Volkswagen into thinking you were purchasing a “clean” vehicle. Turns out these vehicles are anything but clean and are spewing pollutant gases into the air in amounts as much as 40 times higher than emissions standards.
Volkswagen admitted to cheating its emissions tests and in turn defrauding millions of consumers into thinking they were purchasing or leasing “clean diesels.” Our law firm is representing consumers on an individuals basis against Volkswagen to ensure that each and every one of you seeks the remedies and compensation that you deserve as a result of this scandal. To determine if you qualify, please fill out our form or call our consumer attorneys today at 877-885-5366 for a fast and free case evaluation.
Volkswagen Emissions Scandal
Volkswagen equipped their TDI vehicles in the United States with sophisticated software that turns off pollution controls when the vehicle is being driven and turns them on when it detects the vehicle is undergoing an emissions test. With the so-called “defeat device” deactivated, the vehicles spew pollutant gases into the air, including nitrogen oxide.
The Volkswagen emissions scandal affects the following vehicles:
- 2009-2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
- 2009-2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
- 2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI
- 2012-2015 Volkswagen Beetle and Beetle Convertible TDI
- 2010-2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI
- 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI
- 2009-2015 Audi A3 2.0L TDI
What the VW Emissions Scandal Means for Consumers
In the wake of this scandal, consumers have been left wondering what this means and how it affects their purchased or leased VW vehicles. The EPA has said that VW owners may continue to use their vehicles for the time being. It is possible, however, that some states may require proof that the vehicle has been repaired to comply with emissions standards. California has some of the toughest emissions standards in the country, and may require proof that the issue has been fixed before allowing VW diesel cars to be registered or renewed.
VW’s conduct is a violation of State Consumer Protection Laws and State and Federal Warranty Laws. Moreover, VW’s conduct has diminished the value of all Volkswagen TDI vehicles. Our firm is actively representing VW consumers’ rights and assisting these consumers in recovering their losses from Volkswagen.
Many VW consumers are being contacted to join a class action lawsuit against VW. In our opinion, consumers’ cases should be handled on an individual basis rather than through a class action so that each consumer can obtain the maximum recovery. Class actions involve thousands of claimants in a single lawsuit, which often times do not substantially benefit the individual class members. Consumers should be aware that they do not have to join a class action to assert their claims against Volkswagen.
Are you driving an affected Volkwagen or Audi? If so, contact us today for a free consultation.
What to Do If you Have a VW or Audi TDI
Even if VW remedies its fraud, consumers may still have suffered financial harm. The affected vehicles will have a lower resale value because of their noncompliance with emissions standards. Also, performance will suffer if the vehicles are retrofitted with technology to address the excessive emissions. Volkswagen consumers who take their cars to fix this issue may notice a decrease in fuel efficiency and/or overall performance.
Fortunately, there are both Federal and State laws that protect the interests of consumers. If you own or lease a 2009 – 2015 Audi A3, Volkswagen Passat, Jetta, Golf or Beetle, and you are concerned about how the recent emissions scandal might affect you, contact the Lemon Law Experts of Consumer Law Experts today. We provide individualized service and have represented thousands of consumers with their vehicle fraud and warranty claims. Protect your rights and your investment with a free consultation by calling 877-885-5366.