VW Emissions Recall
Volkswagen has already admitted to installing software on 482,000 cars in the United States that cheat emission standards set by the EPA. Just recently, the EPA has announced that more vehicles may be involved in the emissions scandal.
Since the scandal was made public, investigators from the United States and German Government, as well as internal investigators for Volkswagen are looking into how Volkswagen managed to evade detection for so many years, and who is responsible for the strategy to use the devices.
How Volkswagen Cheated
Volkswagen installed what the EPA is calling a "defeat device" on their diesel models. This software would alter emissions readings in laboratory tests to make it appear like VW diesel engines complied with emissions standards, when in reality the true emissions standards were up to 40x the legal standard.
Models Impacted by the Scandal
As of right now, over a dozen vehicles are impacted by the emissions scandal. Until investigations are complete, we will not know whether more vehicles are impacted. Based on what we have right now, these are the vehicles impacted along with the model years:
- Audi A3 (2010-2015)
- Audi A6 Quattro (2014-2016)
- Audi A7 Quattro (2014-2016)
- Audi A8/A8L (2014-2016)
- Audi Q5 (2014-2016)
- Audi Q7 (2013-2015)
- Porsche Cayenne (2014-2016)
- Volkswagen Beetle, Beetle Convertible (2012-2015)
- Volkswagen Golf (2010-2015)
- Volkswagen Golf SportWagen (2015)
- Volkswagen Jetta, Jetta SportWagen (2009-2015)
- Volkswagen Passat (2012-2015)
- Volkswagen Touareg (2013-2016)
VW Recall Information
Volkswagen claims to be working on a recall right now to fix the vehicles affected by this scandal. However, it is estimated a fix could still be months away. When a fix is finally discovered and the EPA approves the fixes, a recall will be issued and the repairs will be performed at no costs to owners.
Volkswagen expects a software fix should be available to 2015 models in a relatively short period of time. However, older VW models may require more time to determine the right solution because older models have different diesel-emissions systems than current models.
Car experts also argue that the changes will likely cause VW vehicles to see a decrease in performance and fuel efficiency. The exact change is unknown, but experts still argue it is likely going to be noticeable in VW diesel cars, especially in older models.
What to do If You're Affected
The full scope of the VW scandal has yet to come to light, so consumers are unknown what will happen to their vehicles. Several class action lawsuits have been filed in the United States against VW seeking damages for lost performance and reduced value of VW vehicles.
It is recommended that consumers affected by the VW scandal speak to an attorney or legal representative to discuss their rights and future courses of legal action. Consumers are urged to remain patient until all the details come out and in the mean time, should talk a legal advisor to determine the best course of action.