Volkswagen Owners Deceived by Automaker Seek Justice Through Class Action Lawsuit

A nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of Volkswagen owners will address deception by the automaker in relation to EPA pollution controls. The EPA has filed notices of these violations against Volkswagen. Apparently, Volkswagen equipped some of their vehicles with software which disguised the true nitrogen oxide emissions, thereby violating the Clean Air Act. It appears 2009-2015 Volkswagen and Audi diesel vehicles (Jetta, Beetle, Audi A3, Golf and Passat) were equipped with a “defeat device,” which turned on pollution controls only during official emissions tests. This allowed the vehicles to run “dirty” during normal operations, with NOx emissions up to 40% as high as federal standards allow.

Recall in the Works?

Volkswagen has said they will issue a recall for the affected vehicles, however there could be a certain amount of red tape to wade through before such a recall is issued. The emission systems of the recalled vehicles will be required to be repaired to comply with federal standards. While no safety issues were involved with Volkswagen’s deception, there are nonetheless serious questions which will likely plague owners of the affected vehicles. First, by complying with federal emissions system standards, performance of the vehicles will likely decrease, along with a corresponding decrease in mileage. In other words, by allowing dirtier emissions, Volkswagen gave customers a peppier vehicle with better gas mileage. Reversing Volkswagen’s “cheat,” will result in customers simply not getting what they paid for—and what they were promised.

How Many Volkswagen’s are Affected?

Nearly 500,000 vehicles in the United States will fall under the EPA’s expected order to Volkswagen to recall all cars equipped with the software. No recall will be issued until the automaker can detail precisely how it will fix the problem. Whatever the solution turns out to be, it is a sure bet it will reduce performance, drivability, fuel economy—or all three—in order to meet the emission standards. Interestingly, when the new emission standards were introduced in 2009, Volkswagen was the first major automaker who could—or at least claimed to—meet the new rules.

Volkswagen & Audi Models Affected by Recall

  • Jetta (model year 2009-2015)
  • Beetle (model year 2009-2015)
  • Audi A3 (model years 2009-2015)
  • Golf (model years 2009-2015)
  • Passat (model years 2014-2015)

How Long Will the Recall Repairs Take?

Some affected Volkswagen owners have voiced the opinion that Volkswagen should buy back their fraudulently-advertised vehicles, however that is unlikely to be the final solution. At present, the automaker will be given a “reasonable” amount of time to put together a remedy which will depend on the overall complexity of the repairs and the time required to have the necessary components in place. In other words, it could potentially be a year or more down the road before affected Volkswagen owners are given some idea of what will happen with their vehicle. In addition to class-action lawsuits, individual lawsuits may also be filed in the coming weeks.

National Volkswagen Class Action Lawyers

Golomb Legal is currently seeking owners of recalled Volkswagen & Audi vehicles to serve as class action representatives in statewide and nationwide class action lawsuits against Volkswagon manufacturer. To learn more about your legal options or to schedule a free consultation call the Pennsylvania defective product lawyers at Golomb Legal today at 1-800-355-3300 or 1-215-985-9177 or fill out our confidential Contact Form.

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