Volkswagen is facing thousands of potential lawsuits from consumers who purchased VW, Audi, or Porsche vehicles with diesel-powered engines. Volkswagen recently admitted that it had fraudulently deceived consumers about the performance and fuel efficiency of its ‚Äúclean diesel‚ÄĚ vehicles by installing a ‚Äúdefeat device‚ÄĚ on the computers of these vehicles. This device was designed to hide the fact that these automobiles emitted about 40-times more pollution than allowed under federal law.
Volkswagen has announced plans to recall 500,000 VW and Audi vehicles equipped with the ‚ÄúTDI Clean Diesel‚ÄĚ engines involved in the emissions scandal. The EPA is requiring Volkswagen to develop a plan to address the massive pollution levels emitted by its diesel-powered cars before the recall can go into effect; however, this plan will likely mean a reduction in the performance and drivability of these vehicles far below what car owners expected when they purchased or leased their vehicle.
Vehicle owners may experience issues besides performance with their VW diesel vehicles due to the emissions recall. Some VW, Audi, or Porsche diesel vehicle owners (especially in the state of California) may have difficulty registering their vehicles due to the emissions issues caused by Volkswagen diesel engines. Other drivers who want to sell their Volkswagen, Audi, or Porsche vehicles may be unable to do so until VW receives approval for a plan to address the high levels of pollution caused by these vehicles.
Hundreds of VW and Audi owners have already filed product liability or class action lawsuits against Volkswagen over the emissions scandal, which has been dubbed ‚ÄúDieselgate‚ÄĚ in the press. Many owners of VW and Audi ‚ÄúTDI Clean Diesel‚ÄĚ vehicles have said that they felt like they had been lied to by Volkswagen after they learned the truth about the emissions scandal.
Volkswagen may also face lawsuits from government environmental agencies over the emissions scandal involving its diesel-powered vehicles. In September 2015, Harris County, Texas filed a $100 million environmental lawsuit against Volkswagen AG, accusing the company of polluting Houston and other parts of Harris County with toxic chemicals through the company‚Äôs fraudulent manipulation of emissions levels in Volkswagen and Audi vehicles.
Car owners who purchased or leased a diesel-powered vehicle manufactured by VW‚ÄĒincluding Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Passat TDI, Golf TDI, Jetta Sportwagen TDI, Beetle TDI, Volkswagen Touareg, the¬†Audi A3 TDI, A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, or Q5, and the Porsche Cayenne‚ÄĒmay be eligible to file a lawsuit over the company‚Äôs fraudulent actions. The first step in taking legal action to protect your rights is to talk with an attorney that has the experience in commercial and product liability litigation to handle your case.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have talked with countless Volkswagen and Audi owners who feel like they were ripped off when they purchased a ‚ÄúTDI Clean Diesel‚ÄĚ vehicle. Our firm plans to file hundreds, potentially thousands, of lawsuits against Volkswagen on behalf of VW, Audi, and Porsche owners
If you purchased or leased one of the Volkswagen, Audi, or Porsche vehicles involved in the emissions recall, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and take action to protect your legal rights. For a free legal consultation about your case and to find out whether you qualify to file a case, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling us toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located at the top of this page.