Volkswagen & Audi “Clean Diesel” Scandal
Houston Class Action Lawyers
In mid-September of 2015, Martin Winterkorn, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen AG, resigned amid news of a major scandal concerning the emission standards of several models of vehicles with so-called “clean diesel” engines.
So far, the company has admitted that it installed “defeat devices” in certain vehicles with diesel engines manufactured between 2008 and 2015. These devices, which could detect when the vehicle was being tested and modify the way the engines run, essentially helped the vehicle cheat its way through air emission tests by disguising the amount of emissions the vehicle would actually release under regular driving conditions.
Vehicles that received satisfactory test results were, in reality, releasing 10 to 40 times more pollutants than the legal limit outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
As many as 11 million diesel engine vehicles worldwide are said to contain the defeat device. Volkswagen is facing penalties of up to $37,500 per vehicle, totaling a massive $18 billion in fines.
Pursuant to the EPA’s Clean Air Act, Volkswagen will likely face criminal prosecution for tampering with air emissions monitoring devices, as well as for making false statements about their vehicles to the EPA and to consumers. The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a criminal inquiry, and other countries around the world have begun performing their own investigations.
Impending Lawsuits for Volkswagen’s “Diesel Dupe”
People who purchased an allegedly “clean-diesel” vehicle are understandably upset that Volkswagen has lied to them. The EPA plans to force Volkswagen to recall all affected models in the U.S., including:
- VW Beetle
- VW Passat
- VW Golf
- VW Jetta
- Audi A3
Owners of these model vehicles containing diesel engines manufactured between 2008 and 2015 may be able to take part in a class-action lawsuit against Volkswagen, and may be able to collect financial compensation for the company’s deceptive marketing practices.
Our Houston Class Action Attorneys are Accepting Cases Nationwide
If you own or have leased any of the affected Volkswagen or Audi models manufactured between 2008 and 2015, you may be eligible to take legal action against Volkswagen as part of a class-action lawsuit. For more information and to schedule your free consultation with a Houston class action attorney from Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, please contact us today at (713) 999-3681. Our team stands ready to assist with cases nationwide, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us as soon as possible to learn how we may be able to help.
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