An investigation by the EPA has revealed that Volkswagen installed an emissions ‚Äúdefeat device‚ÄĚ on several additional diesel-powered models besides those included in the ‚ÄúDieselgate‚ÄĚ recall. Volkswagen announced in September 2015 that it would recall 11 million ‚ÄúTDI Clean Diesel‚ÄĚ vehicles worldwide‚ÄĒincluding 500,000 in the U.S.‚ÄĒafter admitting that it had lied to consumers about the performance and emissions levels of these vehicles.
In a warning letter sent to Volkswagen by the EPA, the agency stated that it had recently uncovered ‚Äúdefeat devices‚ÄĚ on light duty diesel vehicles sold by VW, Audi, and Porsche. These models included the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne, and the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5. Unlike the diesel vehicles involved in the September recall‚ÄĒwhich used 2.0 liter TDI engines‚ÄĒthe models involved in the new EPA warning used a 3.0 liter diesel engine.
The EPA investigation that uncovered the additional emissions cheating was launched by the agency after Volkswagen admitted that it had fraudulently misled investigators and vehicle owners about the pollution levels associated with its ‚ÄúTDI Clean Diesel‚ÄĚ vehicles. EPA investigators found that VW‚Äôs TDI models emitted levels of the pollutant nitrogen oxide (NOx) that were up to 40 times the maximum allowed under federal law.
Following VW‚Äôs recall of 11 million vehicles with the TDI diesel engines, the agency began testing vehicles with light duty diesel engines sold by VW. The agency found that because of a ‚Äúdefeat device‚ÄĚ that was also installed on these models, they were actually emitting NOx levels that were nine times higher than the Clean Air Act maximum.
The Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche models involved in the emissions cheating scandal utilized Auxiliary Emission Control Devices (AECDs)‚ÄĒalso known as ‚Äúdefeat devices‚ÄĚ. This computer software causes the vehicles to emit different pollution levels when they undergo emissions testing that they would under normal driving conditions, and thus, enabling the vehicles to evade federal pollution requirements.
Volkswagen marketed its ‚ÄúTDI Clean Diesel‚ÄĚ models and other diesel-powered vehicles as a higher performance, eco-friendly alternative to electric or hybrid vehicles. Many drivers purchased these vehicles because of claims by Volkswagen about the drivability and environmental friendliness of their ‚Äúclean diesel‚ÄĚ cars.
But as the ‚ÄúDieselgate‚ÄĚ emissions cheating scandal has shown, Volkswagen repeatedly lied to its customers about its line of diesel cars, fraudulently misleading them about what they were purchasing. As a result, VW, Audi, and Porsche diesel owners may be stuck with vehicles that are worth far less than what Volkswagen claimed, making it difficult to sell their vehicle as prices continue to fall.
Legal experts say that Volkswagen may be facing billions in government fines and legal liability over its false claims regarding the performance and emissions levels of its diesel models. Volkswagen, Audi, or Porsche owners who purchased one of the cars involved in the Dieselgate recall or the recent EPA warning about VW diesel vehicles may be eligible to take legal action against the company.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have already filed lawsuits on behalf of Volkswagen and Audi ‚Äúclean diesel‚ÄĚ owners, and are currently accepting cases involving VW, Audi, or Porsche owners who were misled by Volkswagen‚Äôs fraudulent claims.
Our attorneys are ready to guide you through the process of filing a lawsuit and ensuring that you are fairly compensated. The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have successfully handled hundreds of lawsuits involving product liability and other commercial litigation claims on behalf of our clients, and will work hard to make sure that you achieve the best possible result in your case.
If you purchased or leased one of the VW, Audi, or Porsche diesel-powered vehicles involved in the ‚ÄúDieselgate‚ÄĚ recall, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson to learn more about whether you qualify to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation about your case, please contact us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located at the top of this page.