Volkswagen AG (VW) admitted a software “defeat device” in its diesel-engine cars enabled the vehicles to evade EPA-required emissions standards by giving off significantly less pollutants during tests than during normal driving conditions.
In the U.S. alone, approximately 482,000 VW vehicles are affected. These models include:
- 2009–2015 Jetta TDI
- 2009–2014 Jetta SportWagen TDI
- 2012–2015 Beetle TDI
- 2012–2015 Beetle Convertible TDI
- 2010–2015 Audi A3 TDI
- 2010–2015 Golf TDI
- 2015 Golf Sportwagen TDI
- 2012–2015 Passat TDI
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Allen & Allen is currently investigating cases on behalf of defrauded Volkswagen dealers and vehicle owners. If you or a family member owns one of the recalled vehicles, contact the attorneys at Allen & Allen online or by calling 1-866-388-1307.
Details on Volkswagen’s Emission Test Fraud
Volkswagen promoted its “clean diesel” technology as a method to combine the fuel efficiency and power of diesel, while also keeping emissions within or below legal limits. Customers intentionally paid a premium for these diesel models compared to VW’s gasoline-powered models.
The “defeat device” software concealed the “clean diesel” engines’ emission of the pollutant nitrogen oxide which contributes to the creation of ozone and smog. The pollutant is also linked to a range of health problems, including respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema and premature death.
Legal claims may exist for fraud, breach of contract, and “diminished value” of the diesel vehicles which usually sell for a premium price over their gasoline counterparts. In addition, if the affected Volkswagen diesels are eventually fixed, the cars might have degraded horsepower and fuel efficiency.
These cars are safe and legal to drive. Owners can get more information by sending an email to email@example.com.
About The Author: Jason Konvicka is a partner and trial attorney with Allen & Allen in Richmond, Virginia. During his 20+ year career, he has achieved numerous record-setting jury verdicts and substantial settlements on behalf of his clients. His practice focuses on medical malpractice, bus accidents and product liability personal injury cases. Outside of the courtroom, Jason is involved with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and currently serves on its Board of Governors as Vice President.