VW Class Action Lawsuits
Since the VW emissions scandal was made public in September of 2015, dozens of lawsuits have been filed against the German automaker for intentionally misleading consumers about the emissions of their diesel engines.
Lawsuits have been filed in several states to hold Volkswagen responsible for its' blatant fraud and misleading actions. Consumers affected by this scandal may be eligible for compensation for damages relating to loss of value, inability to sell vehicles, and reduced efficiency.
VW Emissions Scandal
On September 18th, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accused Volkswagen of installing a "defeat device" on 482,000 diesel cars in the U.S. This defeat device was meant to evade federal emission regulations, potentially exposing individuals to harmful pollutants.
The vehicles affected by this scandal emit nitrogen oxides, which can exacerbate respiratory conditions and cause several other health problems, at up to 40 times the standard level.
This technology was meant to trick regulators into believing Volkswagen's diesel engines comply with emissions standards, when in reality the vehicles were emitting harmful pollutants at up to 40 times the standard set by the EPA.
The company admitted to installing this software on 11 million vehicles worldwide, and the automaker has set aside $7 billion to address the scandal. Dealers in the United States cannot also sell 4-cylinder diesel versions of the vehicles affected until a fix is available.
VW to Face Fines, Lawsuits, and Potential Criminal Charges
After admitting guilt, VW is likely to face a bevy of fines, lawsuits, and even criminal charges once the EPA and U.S. Department of Justice complete thorough investigations.
In the United States, VW faces a fine of up to $37,500 for each affected VW emissions recall vehicle. This alone could reach $18 billion if other vehicles are not found to have the same defeat device.
In addition, owners of vehicles affected by this scandal, as well as VW dealerships have filed lawsuits in Federal courts across the United States. There are over 34 class action lawsuits currently in progress, as well as thousands of individual lawsuits seeking damages from VW.
Do You Qualify for a VW Class Action Lawsuit?
The actions of Volkswagen could alter the value of affected vehicles. If this is indeed the case, then consumers who have purchased those vehicles could be entitled to receive compensation for their loses, including the reduced value of their car and the costs of the repairs needed to satisfy U.S. emissions standards.
If you purchased a diesel-powered Volkswagen Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Jetta, Jetta Sportswagen, Golf, Golf Sportswagen, Passat, or Audi A3 between the model years 2009-2015, then your vehicle may be affected by this scandal. If your vehicle is affected, then you may be eligible to join one of the several class action lawsuits in order to receive compensation from VW.
You should take action by speaking to a Volkswagen emission lawyer for more information about whether or not you are affected by this scandal. An attorney will be able to answer your questions, determine your eligibility, and help you pursue legal action against VW.
Now is the time to take action - if you believe your vehicle has been affected by the emissions scandal, speak to an attorney today to find out your legal options.