Lawsuits filed against Audi have accused the company of installing a software defeat device on some gasoline powered models in order to hide the emissions levels of these vehicles. Audi is currently facing severalÂ class action lawsuit filed on behalf of vehicle owners who purchased or leased one of the vehicles equipped with the software defeat device. Audi may also be facing additional lawsuits filed by drivers who were affected by the companyâ€™s emissions cheating.
According to lawsuits filed against the company, Audi installed a software defeat device on its A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, S4, S5, S6, S7, and S8 models equipped with 3.0 liter gasoline-powered engines and automatic transmissions. This defeat device â€“ used on hundreds of thousands of Audi models â€“ was designed to hide the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions levels of these cars during vehicle testing.
Audi allegedly began manufacturing and selling vehicles equipped with a CO2 defeat device as early as 2013, if not earlier. Documents uncovered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have shown that Audi installed the software defeat device on the affected vehicles models as late as May 2016.
Audi continued to manufacture and sell vehicle equipped with a CO2 emissions cheating software eight months after its parent company, Volkswagen, admitted to having installed a defeat device on millions of VW, Audi, and Porsche diesel models.
Audiâ€™s emissions cheating on the affected A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, S4, S5, S6, S7, and S8 models was discovered by the CARB in 2016. This defeat device causes the vehiclesâ€™ AL 551 or DL 501Â automatic transmissions to stay in â€ślow-revâ€ť mode during emissions testing, reducing engine RPMs and making the vehicles emit lower levels of CO2. The emissions cheating software was camouflaged as a â€śwarm up function,â€ť making it difficult for regulators to detect.
The defeat device is designed to sense when the vehicles are undergoing emissions testing, and is programmed to only be active when the vehicles are in the testing bay. When the vehicles are driven under real-world conditions, the defeat device switches off, leading to fuel consumption and CO2 emissions levels that were higher than those claimed by Audi. Federal law requires all vehicles sold in the U.S. to come equipped with a sticker to provide consumers with correct information about their fuel efficiency and emissions levels.
Documents uncovered by the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag has shown that Audi executives knew about the CO2 emissions cheating on its 3.0 liter gasoline models. According to the documents, Audiâ€™s chief of powertrains, Axel Eiser, stated that the defeat device installed on the affected models â€śneeds to be designed to be 100% active on the dyno, but only 0.01% in the hands of the customer.â€ť Eiser was made head of all powertrain development at Volkswagen after a number of executives at the German automaker were fired following the Dieselgate scandal.
The new allegations of emissions cheating against Audi are separate from previous claims made against Volkswagen involving emissions cheating on VW, Audi, and Porsche diesel-powered vehicles. In September 2015, Volkswagen admitted that it had installed software defeat devices on about 11 million â€śTDI Clean Dieselâ€ť models that was designed to hide the vehiclesâ€™ nitrous oxide (NO2) emissions levels during testing. In July 2016, Volkswagen agreed to pay as much as $15.3 billion to settle some of the emissions cheating allegations against the company related to the Dieselgate scandal.
Despite Volkswagenâ€™s admission of emissions cheating in September 2015, Audi continued to equip its A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, S4, S5, S6, S7, and S8 models â€“ and potentially other gasoline-powered vehicles â€“ with a defeat device intended to hide their true pollution levels. Consumers who purchased or leased one of the affected Audi models were overcharged for vehicles that failed to comply with U.S. environmental regulations, while simultaneously incurring higher fuel costs due to Audiâ€™s deliberate deception.
Drivers who purchased or leased Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, S4, S5, S6, S7, or S8 models equipped with 3.0 liter gasoline engines and automatic transmissions may be eligible to file a lawsuit to recover the costs they have incurred as a result of the companyâ€™s deceptive practices. Other Audi vehicles with a 3.0 liter engines and an automatic transmission may also have been affected by the companyâ€™s CO2 emissions cheating.
The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson represents manyÂ Volkswagen and Audi diesel owners whose vehicles were affected by VWâ€™s diesel emissions cheating. One of the firm’sÂ partners, Michael Heygood, was named to the Plaintiffsâ€™ Steering Committee that is overseeing the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in California involving the Dieselgate scandal.
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