Product liability attorneys note the potential for a VW emissions lawsuit following an admission by automaker Volkswagen AG that it systematically cheated on U.S air pollution tests. Potentially affected vehicles include several diesel version VW models, as well as the Audi A3. The admission raises a number of issues for consumers who have purchased affected vehicles, and lawsuits against the automaker are expected.
If you purchased a Volkswagen or Audi A3 diesel-fueled vehicle, model years 2009-2015, contact Attorney Group for more information. We can help answer your questions and explain your options in a free, no-obligation consultation. If you choose to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated consumer fraud attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
482,000 Cars Affected; Consumer Reports Withdraws Recommendations
According to BloombergBusiness, Volkswagen sold VW and Audi model cars that had been a part of “systematic cheating” of pollution tests required of cars sold in the U.S. The automaker allegedly:
[S]old diesel versions of Volkswagen and Audi cars with software that turns on full pollution controls only when the car is undergoing official emissions testing. During normal driving, the cars pollute 10 times to 40 times the legal limits, the Environmental Protection Agency said.
The company faces fines for violations of the Clean Air Act of up to $37,500 for each affected vehicle. At an estimated 482,000 vehicles, the potential fines could reach as much $18 billion. Federal lawsuits will be separate from any individual lawsuits that affected consumers may bring. The investigation covers model years 2009-2015 and includes the diesel versions of following vehicles:
- Audi A3
Consumer Reports has reportedly withdrawn its “recommended” rating for diesel Jettas and Passats as a result of VW’s admission of cheating on pollution control tests.
Affected Consumers May Be Entitled to Compensation
The actions of Volkswagen AG could impact the safety and value of affected automobiles. If that is the case, then consumers who have purchased those vehicles could be entitled to compensation for their losses, including reduced value of their car and the costs of any repairs needed to satisfy U.S. regulators, as well as possible violations of state and federal deceptive trade practices act.
A VW emissions lawsuit is expected in the wake of the admission of the automaker. Additionally, a Volkswagen pollution class action may be filed on behalf of large groups of car buyers. Affected consumers are encouraged to speak with a consumer fraud attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies against Volkswagen AG.
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